Product Review: Clinique’s BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops

Full disclosure, I previously managed a Clinique counter years ago, and so the brand holds a special place in my heart. But for good reason – even though they are a major beauty brand (owned and founded by the Estée Lauder company), I like that they stay true to their mission of producing great skin care and always allergy testing. So when Clinique launches products, I tend to perk up and listen. Case in point, they are on a recent kick of featuring newly customizable products. Since I’m always on the look out for a great tinted moisturizer, this newer product of BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops caught my eye – this is pure pigment that allows you to make any moisturizer into a light tint or full-coverage hydrating foundation. Whee!!! As a makeup artist, my head immediately started swirling with all of the multi-purpose and functionality possibilities – even the idea of adding a bit to eye creams to help conceal dark circles and reduce puffiness while evening skin tone was amazing. As a pragmatic and sensitive skin-focused esthetician, I was also excited as this gives a lot of people who normally shy away from heavier foundations a chance to experiment by finding their perfect coverage on their terms. Foundation can often have a lot of fillers, so this allows you the option to take straight pigment and apply with the vehicle (serum or moisturizer) that you decide. The benefit of this is that it takes on whatever finish the serum or moisturizer is – matte, satin or dewy. Score!!

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There’s a full range of shades to pick from, and easy to test on the jawline just like you would with any foundation. My shade is BIY 105 (VF-N), which is Clinique-speak for “very fair – neutral”. Don’t let the small bottle fool you though. If you think about it, foundations are usually pigment mixed with a base that does specific functions: long-wearing, smoothing, anti-aging, SPF protection, moisturizing, full-coverage, oil-control, etc. If you think about it, you can accomplish this with a moisturizer (best fit for your specific skincare needs) and then customize it with a level of coverage that you want. Mind. Blown. Speaking of coverage, let’s get to that – the drops are measured and are very concentrated. Caution, a little goes a long way. It’s a very watery consistency but that doesn’t mean that it’s diluted. I like more full-coverage foundations and I’ve found that 2 drops in my dime-sized dot of Olay Complete All Day UV SPF 15 Moisturizer is the perfect blend. I’ve also found that the coverage is buildable – I’ll take a a little bit of the pigment, and layer where needed.

The one thing that I’ve learned from using this for the past 3 months is that I am not using a foundation brush to apply – this now falls into my morning regimen at my moisturizer phase. I will also apply this down my neck and around my eyes, with layering to build up coverage. I’ve found that it works best to use the back of my left hand as a palette: first squeeze a dime-size amount of Olay moisturizer, and then drop 2 drops of BIY into the moisturizer. Swirl to mix, and then apply and blend out. I’ll use a little bit more to layer where needed, if I want more coverage. If you want a more mattifying effect, I recommend using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel rather than the Olay moisturizer – it creates a silky finish that helps keep oily spots shine free. If you are looking for a very full-coverage effect with more shine control, you can easily blend a powder foundation over the top. Conversely, if you want a dewy affect, blend a single drop with a moisturizing serum for a sheer, hydrated look.

I do still use foundations, as sometimes I prefer my favorites (such as L’Oreal True Match or PUR’s 4-in-1 Liquid foundations) to achieve a specific look or effect. But I now include BIY in my mix of makeup, as it provides options that I couldn’t get with other products. My hope is that this stays within the standard foundation line-up for Clinique, and that this review helps clarify how to use it. Once you get the hang of it, and you see how to blend it in with your favorite skincare treatments or moisturizers, I think you’ll love having it as an option to use.

© 2017 28daysbeauty

Beauty Topic: Help! I’ve got a bad sunburn…

Sadly, we have all been there as it seems to be a rite of passage in enjoying your summer. And while there’s plenty of research and studies out there that prove daily use of sunscreen and sunblock are necessary for ALL ages and genders (parents, it’s not just for your kids, but YOU too!), a bad sunburn can sometimes happen when you either forget to apply before rushing out the door, or simply don’t use enough. Since there are so many articles and information readily available to you that talk about how to choose sunscreen and sunblock wisely, I’ll focus instead on daily care for a sunburn. This can be vital, especially in helping to determine 1) how severe it is and 2) how to calm skin down. The products I’ll be talking about are safe enough for kids and adults to use, but the since adults tend to be more forgetful about putting sunscreen on (or worse don’t think they need it) I’ll be speaking directly about the care that needs to be taken for men and women. Unfortunately, alcohol can increase skin’s sensitivity to UV exposure, so all-inclusive beach vacations require skincare to be taken seriously to ensure you can actually enjoy your time off. And don’t even get me started on the idea of going to get a “base” tan at your local tanning bed salon before a vacation – bottom line, it’s not a good thing to do. You are just that much closer to direct UV damage.

If your sunburnt skin is blistering and you get chills, or start feeling nauseous, then you need to seek immediate medical attention. The combination of these conditions do require medical staff to help and prevent further health issues. Otherwise, red, pink and swollen skin needs to have cold compresses or ice packs applied, kept away from more sun exposure, and it’s wise to drink lots of water and take pain relievers. But then there’s usually the dreaded question – “what happens when I get into the shower”, and “how bad is it going to sting?” First, I recommend taking colder or lukewarm showers for the next few days so that your skin is not additionally stressed. Having a sunburn often throws off your skin’s ability to regulate temperature correctly, so taking your usual hot shower will only make you feel worse and your skin a brighter shade of “lobster”.

Second, if you normally use a scented body wash or soap with synthetic fragrances or deodorant built in, that will most likely increase irritation or redness. Synthetic fragrances are one of the #1 causes of allergic reactions or rashes on skin, and having a sunburn significantly decreases your skin’s ability to defend itself against irritants. Bottom line, ditch any of your coconut + lime verbena or cucumber melon body washes with loads of synthetic fragrance, and stick to unscented moisturizing soap or body washes that contain a soothing blend of oats and vitamin E. This will make a huge difference in helping your skin to heal, and reduce redness. One of my favorites is Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Body Wash (below) or Dove’s Sensitive Skin bar soap. African Black Soap is also naturally deodorizing by containing charcoal, so it’s perfect for eliminating summer sweat while caring for sunburnt skin.

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And lastly, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. A sunburn basically throws off the equilibrium of your skin, and your body’s natural defense is to try and shed this damaged skin as soon as possible. This speeds up your skin’s normal routine of shedding skin cells, as well as effectively drying out the excess, damaged skin as your body tries to repair itself. Peeling skin should NOT be picked. You can gently buff it away in the shower with a body puff or washcloth, but be very careful to not scrub it off harshly. After toweling dry, make sure to moisturize effectively with fragrance-free lotion – look for formulas like Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing lotion (above) that contains colloidal oats and dimethicone to protect and soothe skin. Putting a lotion on with synthetic fragrances can cause little red bumps and additional stinging – it’s best to avoid them. Many people will automatically think to apply aloe gels, and while they can help, you truly need moisturizers that work to repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier which minimizes peeling.

But what happens if your face is also affected by sunburn? I have found that First Aid Beauty’s entire line up is perfect for repairing hyper-sensitive and sunburnt skin, and also contains the ingredients I just mentioned are beneficial in body care. These are some of my favorites (below) from their product line, as you can use them on your face and body for cleansing and moisturizing: Ultra Repair Lotion and Ultra Repair Gentle Cleansing Bar. These formulas contain oats, ceramides, and a blend of antioxidants to repair damage and immediately calm skin. In addition, I’ve been LOVING their 5 in 1 Eye Cream – it’s gentle and effective, and does not cause any stinging. A day of sailing in summer often causes my eyes to feel dry, irritated, and itchy; and this eye cream soothes and brightens my eye area skin tone.

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A few simple switches to these products during summer, or on a beach vacation, can make all the difference in helping to soothe skin. I always preach about using a daily sunscreen, but it’s often the daily skincare that can make a big difference in how fast you heal. Plus, the benefits with making a full switch to products that have these skin-caring attributes means that your skin will be healthier in the long run, and avoid blotchiness or redness any time of the year. You can easily find these brands at ULTA, or online at various retailers. Another plus that is they are safe for the family, so you can maximize your dollar by having products on hand that everyone can use. Stay safe and enjoy your last weeks of summer!

© 2017 28daysbeauty

Product Review: Heliocare supplements

The Heliocare company reached out to me to try their antioxidant supplements, and as I had seen them before in the vitamin and nutrition aisle in my local Walgreens, I was intrigued to give them a try. They sent me a full bottle, and after doing a bit more research on my own, I decided to incorporate a once-daily capsule into my usual vitamin and supplements mix that I take every morning. Before I talk about how my body and skin felt after 2 months worth of trying them, let me share a bit more about what Heliocare is and how it works. You can also refer to Heliocare’s website for more information.

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Per their product information, Heliocare is a vegetarian daily supplement that contains a proprietary antioxidant blend that helps your skin, and body, defend itself against free radicals. When taken daily over time, this helps protect your skin against UV damage, and also assists the cell’s structure in being stronger to resist the effects of aging. When I graduated beauty school back in 2000, I remember learning that up to 90% of how we age is based on environmental and lifestyle choices – antioxidants play a huge role in helping to prevent and reverse the aging process, based on the decisions you make on a daily basis. Sun exposure, daily diet, activity, and sleep all play a factor into those environmental and lifestyle choices. The remaining 10% of the aging equation is your own genetic makeup and heritage – or essentially the things you cannot control. Being a hyper-sensitive skin person, susceptible to sunburns, and an allergy sufferer, I wanted to ensure that I understood all of the ingredients before taking them, as some herbal supplements do give me reactions. But after learning more about their patented Fernblock® PLE Technology, which utilizes the fern Polypodium leucotomos, I understood that it wouldn’t counteract with any of the allergy medications or vitamins that I take on a regular basis. I also knew from the product information, and my research, that it does take your body a full year to incorporate the full benefits of the antioxidant blend, but I wanted to take some time to review how I initially felt after taking this daily for 2 months.

First off, I didn’t feel like the supplement upset my stomach, or made me feel any different than I normally do. After a few weeks, my skin didn’t have any reactions or breakouts, nor did my allergies seem any different. But what I started to notice, especially as I was outside more due to summer starting, was that I felt my skin wasn’t as flushed as I normally get in warmer weather and looked a bit brighter. I do wear sunscreen everyday on my face and arms (even in winter), as it’s built into my daily moisturizer. But I was happy to see that my skin seemed to be a bit calmer, especially after being out on the water sailing for a few hours. I also didn’t feel that it affected my sleep in any negative ways. Now, I do admit that I take very good care of my facial skin everyday, so my main focus was actually my body skin and appearance – to me, that will be more of the test from this product over time. The bottle contains enough for 2 months (60 capsules), and so I decided to take a a few weeks off after finishing all capsules to see if I felt differently, or noticed anything big. And I can say that I felt my skin looked a little bit dull in about week’s time, but my stomach and allergies didn’t seem to be affected. So, if my skin was on a better track to defending itself, and also was seemingly a bit more vibrant, then to me this is a beauty product that also has the overall benefits of total body health.

Bottom line, I’ve ordered 2 more bottles of Heliocare from Walgreens, as I’m encouraging have my husband start taking it. He and I have similar skin types, is prone to sunburns, and has also mentioned that he wants a supplement to start tackling aging. There a lot of other anti-aging supplements out there, especially targeting the HGH (human growth hormone) production topic. And a lot of them are very pricey to be taken daily, all year-round, and have stricter usage guidelines. To me, I’d rather take a plant-based supplement that I can easily incorporate into my daily routine, and that won’t break my bank account. I also visit my dermatologist next February, as I have my annual skin-check appointment – he and I chatted before about this supplement before, and I’ll be talking about this again with him at my appointment. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s imperative to take good care of it to help you age gracefully, plus stay in good health. In my opinion, if this supplement can help do that, then I consider this part of my daily beauty routine.

I do recommend that you do your research on any supplement before taking any of them, and also consult with your physician. I appreciate the Heliocare company for allowing me to try their product, as I was curious about it before and am glad to have been able to experience it first hand.

© 2017 28daysbeauty

 

My favorite picks for National Lipstick Day 2017!

I absolutely adore lipstick. In fact, it's the first makeup product that I can remember trying as a kid, when I got into my mom's Color Me Beautiful stash in the lower drawer of our bathroom vanity. The transformation that lipstick has is amazing, and even though lip gloss is awesome, I always will have preference for using a great lipstick. Case in point, here are two brands that over the past couple of years have always delivered for me – Lipstick Queen and LORAC. Both are great indie brands, which I think makes lipstick even more fun – it's one of the ultimate "rebel" tools a woman has in her arsenal to look as innocent or vampy as she wants. Even within a matter of minutes. My top pick for Lipstick Queen is 'Hello Sailor' – I first reviewed this lipstick last year in September, and I found that I still reached for it constantly. In fact, I bought a new tube of it today, since I realized that I was going through withdrawal after not having it for the past month! What I love most is that the shade flexes on every skin tone to the perfect shade of berry and feels cushiony, like a gloss/lipstick hybrid. I think I reached for this as my most-worn shade in the past year or so, as it always looks good and I can apply it without looking in a mirror.

Up next, I had to treat myself to a new shade for National Lipstick Day, and I immediately thought of LORAC. Their lipsticks are highly pigmented, but skin-caring and comfortable to wear. Plus, I didn't just get one new lipstick, but a kit that features 5 gorgeous shades, from their recent collaboration for 'Beauty & The Beast' – for $36, you get a variety of neutral shades and one vibrant red in their new MOD Cream formula. OMG – ladies, grab this kit before it's gone! I got both of these at ULTA, and they are so worth it.

The shades (clockwise, starting from the top) are: Red Rose, Savoir Faire, True Beauty, Tres Chic, and Belle-ieve. Red Rose is a perfect, neutral red, while True Beauty is a beautifully pale pink. But it doesn't look chalky or too washed out. The Tres Chic is also an awesome throw-back to the 90's brown lipstick trend. The MOD Cream formula is also a more satin finish than LORAC's Alter Ego formula, which I feel is easier to wear than matte finishes. I love that there isn't much shimmer at all, just a lovely, smooth formula that is comfortable to wear. I usually carry a lighter neutral and a bright shade with me in my bag, and I'm so excited to have these for the next several months.

If you don't normally wear lipstick, it may be fun time to try out a kit – it gives you variety to experiment with, and also determine what comfort zone you have with shade ranges. And if you don't wear makeup regularly, lipstick is one of the easiest products to use and feel a bit more polished.

Enjoy National Lipstick Day!

© 28daysbeauty 2017

Product Review: Function of Beauty custom shampoo & conditioner

I’ve been busy at work in the last few weeks trying some new products, and I’m happy to start back up again with blog posts, as I have a lot to talk about. Plus, I’m really happy to report that many of these new products that I’ll be reviewing are from indie brands, which I’ll admit I have a soft spot for. I love entrepreneurial spirit, especially within the beauty industry. They say that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, and I truly believe that is one the best approaches to use in figuring out how to make beauty products work better. One of the brands that recently caught my attention uses this approach – Function of Beauty was started by two MIT grads and a chemist, and their inspiration to develop a haircare line that addresses multiple concerns within customized formulas was based on the lack of multi-tasking products available in haircare. I’m sure you’ve seen their ads all over social media. Their process is really simple but intuitive – you take a quiz, describe your haircare goals, and then your customized formula is shipped to you within a few days! Here’s how this customized formula approach delivered results for me:

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First off, the brand boasts some pretty awesome attributes: sulfate free, cruelty free, paraben free, toxin free, and made in the USA. Top it all off with you being able to control the formula to address exactly what you want in your ideal haircare. To me, all of those qualities appealed to me, especially since I wasn’t really loving my current haircare routine. And with summer starting, I felt it would be ideal to make a seasonal product switch and try it out.

When starting the quiz online, make sure to give yourself a few minutes to concentrate and determine what you want from your haircare. After answering a few questions that describe my hair type, I was faced with identifying five hair goals that I wanted to achieve – I found that it was easier to focus on what I didn’t like about my current haircare, as it narrowed down my answers more quickly. The last portion was more of the “fun” part, in which I could choose scent and color, and then name my formula. I actually chose to forgo any dyes in my formula (which you’ll see in my photo above), as I’ve always been sensitive to coloring and I didn’t want to take a chance on irritating my scalp. There is no choice for “unscented”, but I did choose the lightest amount of scent to add, and stuck with an easy essential oil blend for fragrance – grapefruit hibiscus. After I answered all of these questions, I chose my final sizes (I selected 8oz as my initial sizes to try) and was ready to checkout. I did have a $5 credit for my order, so my order came to just over $30 for both shampoo and conditioner. To me, this was worth the price since I’ve spent way more than that on salon-recommended products in the past.

When the box arrived a few days later, it included everything that you see in the photo above. The packaging is very clean, and the white font on the bottles is a bit hard to read with dye-free product. Pumps came with the bottles, and thought that was a really nice touch to include.

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What was also pretty awesome was that they included a customized printout that confirmed what I ordered, and listed the ingredients that directly address what my hair goals are. I tried the products the next morning, and was immediately impressed by how silky and sudsy the shampoo was. I am not a fan of the no-poo movement, and I’ll admit that I love suds. This shampoo didn’t disappoint, and the fragrance was a nice combination of citrus and sweet. I was surprised by how light the conditioner felt going on, but I could tell my hair felt hydrated when rinsing out. The proof ultimately was in the next steps of blow-drying and styling – I was seeing the first hints of volume that I wanted, and that I hadn’t been getting from the previous haircare I was using. What I noticed over the next several weeks is that my hair felt cleaner in between washes, and that I didn’t need to use as much dry shampoo. I usually wash my hair every other day or on the third day, and my hair was looking and feeling great! I did notice that my hair felt a little bit limp a few days in a row, but that was also when humidity came full force into our forecast. So, it may be coincidence, or it is possible that my formula has a bit too much hydration within it. When I’m done with this initial order, I will actually be trying another brand of shampoo and conditioner to compare these against. But my curiosity is piqued to keep tweaking my custom formula with Function of Beauty to see if I can find my ultimate unicorn of haircare. If you are interested in trying out your own combo, here’s my referral link: https://functionofbeauty.com/?ref=58be3cb40faf5

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I recommend giving this brand a try – to me, the concept of customized haircare is great, especially since hair can be such a finicky thing that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t always work. If they are able to eventually include dandruff-control, or scalp-specific treatments, then I think this brand will be even more appealing to more people.

© 2017 28daysbeauty

 

Product Review: Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Foundation Stick

Sonia Kashuk is a real makeup artist, most notably having made supermodel Cindy Crawford look amazing for years. She also has a full makeup line at Target (since 1998), and stands by her mantra of affordable and accessible quality makeup. Having known of her talent for years, I decided to stop by her brand in the beauty aisle one day on a Target run to look at some of the newer products. One of the products I saw was the Undetectable Stick Foundation. I had not recently replenished my Clinique Chubby In the Nude Stick Foundation, so I decided to give this a try instead. I picked up the shade Latte 13, and took quick note that the product details indicated sheer, more natural coverage. I normally like more medium coverage foundations, but since I was needing a foundation to easily travel with, I decided to go ahead and purchase.

After using for about a month, I am a bit disappointed to say that I was a little underwhelmed with the performance of the foundation. The shade was right, and the formula blended easily with both my fingers and a foundation brush. But the challenge, for me, was that I just didn’t like the light coverage. I also felt that it didn’t have a lot of staying power, which I was used to with the Clinique stick foundation performance. I did like the size of the product, and the value of the amount of foundation you received for the money. But as someone who has a bit of hyper-pigmentation in my skin (since I’m so sun-sensitive), I didn’t feel that the coverage was buildable enough. Also, I have combination skin, which seemed to feel a little bit oily later in the day with this formula.

I do think that if you are looking for a very natural, easy-to-use foundation, you may really like this. If you have a more dry skin type, this creamy formula may be a bit more comforting for you as well, even though the product states that is has oil-absorbing qualities. (Wha? Yeah, I know!) The convenience of the stick packaging is great –  it was very convenient for travel! I am a fan of Sonia Kashuk makeup, as I think her brand offers a great selection of multi-tasking products, and very wearable shades, at a great price point. But for those who are wanting a higher performance foundation, I’m not sure this is the one that I would recommend.

© 2017 28daysbeauty

Beauty Topic: Buying Skincare in Kits

Many women have wondered if it’s worth buying a skincare “system” or a kit, since there’s often the marketing message “you need to use all products from the same brand at the same time to see results” attached with this concept. Having been a former esthetician, I have a very strong opinion on this. My opinion is “no”, that’s not really necessary. If you sell skincare for an at-home marketing company or for a major beauty brand, you probably will be upset with me. However, I do really like buying smaller trial kits from a brand, such as the one I’m going to chat about below, when I want to try more products within a recommended regimen. The reason my opinion is “no” to having to buy a system is that not all of a brand’s products may be 100% appropriate for the type of skin you have. For example, I really like the Olay Complete SPF 15 Sensitive Moisturizer. But my skin reacts to their facial cleansers based on their blend of sulfate ingredients, and irritates my skin enough to cause mild breakouts. Also, I don’t believe in shelling out a ton of money to try a new brand, as you can often find smaller/cheaper trial size kits that give you enough product to see how your skin will ACTUALLY behave over time when making the switch. I know women often attend home parties or visit a cosmetic counter for skincare, and buy a couple hundred dollars’ worth of a new brand – to me, that’s a bit risky and not all that necessary. Sadly, I’m also well aware that if the women aren’t happy with the results after using for a few weeks, they end up tossing the product rather than getting their money back.

Step 1 in any trial of skin, hair or makeup product is know what’s inside the product, and if you can tell what known allergens are inside (like synthetic fragrance) that may cause you a reaction. If that coast is clear, Step 2 is seeing if the kit has products that you know you’ll actually use daily. Many people rarely use a mask daily, for example. If you are truly seeking a new regimen, find a kit that you can use up daily as you’ll determine your skin’s reaction that much faster – for better, or for worse. This goes for haircare too – I really like trying a new haircare brand’s travel kit first, as I’ll use it for a week or two to see how my hair and hair color reacts to the products’ ingredient blend.

Sephora, ULTA, Target and most department stores often sell larger kits (or usually called “gifts”) around the major retail holidays: Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and back-to-school. And many brands offer kits online year-round. What can be great about these kits is that you often get a nice variety product for a better value than buying all full sizes. That way, if you really hate it and make the decision to toss, you’re probably only out about $20-$40, rather than over $100. Also, if you get a gift card for one of these stores, you’ll get more bang for your buck to buy a kit, over individual products.

Case in point, my husband gave me a Valentine’s Day gift card for Sephora, and I decided to treat myself to a First Aid Beauty Kit that features their Pure Skin Face Cleanser, their famous Ultra Repair Cream moisturizer (that I LOVE) and their Facial Radiance Pads. The 2.0 oz tubes contain about 4 weeks worth, which totals 28 days of beauty!!! Get it? 😉 That is the whole point of trying these types of sizes – I knew that within 4 weeks (which is the appropriate amount of time for skin cell turnover) that I would have my results, and be able to form an educated opinion. First Aid Beauty’s skincare concept is designing products specifically for people with very sensitive skins, but who also want results. Since I hadn’t tried their Facial Radiance Pads or Pure Skin Face Cleanser before, I was totally game to test them out.


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After using the set for about three weeks, while also using witch hazel as a toner after cleansing, here’s my thoughts on these products:

  1. Pure Skin Face Cleanser: I am really happy I decided to try this, as I love foaming cleansers that are gentle, but also remove all makeup. Since I love both Clinique and CeraVe cleansers, this one had to at least perform similarly or exceed my expectations. I was first surprised how concentrated it was, as a little bit goes a very long way. Also, it’s pH-balanced formula has natural extracts, is fragrance-free, and zero parabens. It feels comforting and cushy, but rinses cleanly without stripping skin. Based on that, and the fact that my husband keeps stealing this in the shower, I think it’s become a new family favorite.
  2. Facial Radiance Pads: One of my favorite nightly treatments is a mild AHA application to help purify, exfoliate, even out, and brighten skin overnight. These are super convenient in application, and remind me of the Altchek MD Glycolic Pads that I’ve used before and like. What is great with these is that the 28 day supply of pads is a convenient travel-size, and I’ve already used it a few times on weekend trips. My skin felt comfortable after applying after witch hazel, and prior to moisturizing. In the morning, my skin felt soft, brighter, and I’m starting to see some darker spots fade. This formula combines lactic and glycolic AHA’s, plus contains similar skin-loving extracts as the cleanser, without fragrance or parabens. Loving these so far, and the full-size prize is very reasonable at $30 for 60 pads.
  3. Ultra Repair Cream: This moisturizer is appropriate for any skin type, but especially cares for the hyper-sensitive, eczema sufferers, or any skin type that is dry, overstressed and in need of calming hydration. The formula also combines natural extracts, contains zero fragrances or parabens, but is also very concentrated. It’s appropriate for face, body, or hands. I’ve been using this every night with the other products above, as I use the Olay Complete SPF 15 moisturizer during the day. And my skin continues to feel great, as I’ve raved about in previous posts! I love how the antioxidant and ceramide-3 blend is anti-aging, yet also builds the skin’s natural defenses and strengthens the moisture-barrier. This size was incredibly convenient to take with me on weekend trips as an all-purpose moisturizer.

If I were to buy all of these individually, it would have been $90 for the normal full sizes. But for $30, this was a great way to enjoy a product I already love, plus get to try two new options from this brand for a month. Through this little experiment, I have even more respect for the brand, as I can tell the science and research they have put into these products are really innovative. I like the blend of nature and science, as it creates formula combinations for sensitive skin to receive the special care it needs.

I truly hope this review helps, as I think many people (men and women) can be frustrated by the amount of skincare choices out there – but knowing what to look for, and that these value kits can be a great option to try, helps in narrowing down selections while sticking to your budget. Plus, if you purchase from a known retailer, you can often return a kit if it just doesn’t work out for you.

© 2017 28daysbeauty