Monday Minis

Mini Monday 1

Sometimes LESS is MORE! 

I love minis!  Minis are awesome.  I wish brands would do more minis and not sample packets.  Sample packets are not very convenient UNLESS they have only one use.  But then if that’s the case, you should get multiple packets.  Enough for a week.  how often does that happen? 

Here are a few minis.  I have tried a few of them but others have  yet to be tried.  

1. Fresh Rose FreshFace Primer, $36.00

  • Not a fan of this moisturizing silicone-free primer for my oily skin.  Dry-sensitive and normal times may like this.  This reminds me of Korres’ primers, like an oilier moisturizer that doesn’t sink in and creates a distinct layer on my skin.  I can easily sweat this stuff off. 

2. Shu Umuera DepSea Hydrability Moisturizing Lotion, 150 oz for $37.00

  • A moisturizing essence-like lotion that contains the highest amount of Depsea Water in the range.   It’s formulated with an exfoliating agent to gently remove excess dead skin cells and replenish the skin with 24 hour intense moisture.  I have not tried this yet, but sounds great for the dry winter.

3. Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer, 1.0z for $36.00

  • A silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants in a primer that inhibits the destruction of collagen in the skin.  I wanted to love it especially because of the skin friendly aspects.   Sorry, just not a fan.  It’s more a particular issue I have with ALL primers that are essentially there to coat the skin.  I use too many products to use most primers and not feel like I have 20 layers on my face of stuff.  This issue has NOTHING to do with efficacy, or convenience of the product.  I have multiple primers, such as this, and I do not like using them.

4. Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara, 0.22 oz for $27.00

  • The Hypnose line is kind of insane because it does beef up your lashes considerably, but almost all mascaras run into my eyes. This makes me sad.  Literally.  It stings.  I think my lashes are so short, fine and sparse that the formula slides down the shaft into my eyes.  Almost all mascaras do this on me no matter what.  This is why I am not a mascara girl but it does make a huge difference.  😦

Mini Flash

5. Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Anti-Aging Sunscreen, 1.7 oz for $48.00

  • I haven’t tried this sunscreen yet but I will not be purchasing regardless because the SPF is so LOW and it is not made for my skintype.  It is meant to provide optimal moisturization levels to skin while decreasing the volume of wrinkles and firming the skin.  Just sounds greasy.  Doesn’t help that I tried her other serum sunscreen meant for oily skin and it was one of the OILIEST feeling sunscreens I have ever used…next to L’Oreal’s La Roche Posay’s Anthelios.

6. Fresh Twilight Freshface Glow, $36.00

  • An illuminating cream highlighter made without silicones and containing both reparative and hydrating ingredients.  I am not impressed.  Probably best for the very dry and sensitive skinned.  Fresh has brilliant packaging, marketing, and conceptualizing.  All of it APPEALS to me.  I WANT to buy their stuff.   But most of their products are overrated with a few exceptions.  (Love the Umbrian Clay Treatment…fancy name for very cheap fullers earth.)

7. Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy, 1.5 0z for $35.00

  • I haven’t tried this yet.  My hair at the roots is finer and gets weighed down easily by natural scalp oils, but my hair a few inches lower is drier and requires moisture.  I am weary of using this on my hair.  I love using oils on my face, not so much in my hair.  Will get around to it, sparingly. I don’t think there is anything so “rare” about this oil, though.  Cool packaging and visual composition though. 

8. L’Oreal Sublime Sun Advanced Body Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30, 3.0 oz for $9.99

  • This is a body sunscreen but I’ve used it as a facial sunscreen.  I own the larger size, too.  It is okay.  This leaves a filmy, dry-oily feel to skin that reminds of La Roche Posay Anthelios sunscreens, but those were MUCH oilier and did not set on my skin.  I easily sweat it off. This is supposed to rival the meroxyl versions of L’Oreal’s sunscreens which are not FDA approved and are only sold outside the U.S.  I really hate body lotions and body sunscreens. Sometimes, I will just suck it up and look like human camouflage below the neck during the summer before putting on slimey, oily body sunscreens.

9. Benefit Cosmetics High Beam, 0.40 oz for $26.00

  • Benefit’s highlighter is very good but the pricing is a little tricky because you may think it is a good value but it is actually QUITE expensive.  I do not like Benefit’s packaging, though.  Too kitschy and no practical.  Cartoonish.  It is cute but not convenient for actually finishing the product to the last drop.

10. Amore Pacific Future Defense Age Defense Cream, 1.7 oz for $195.00

  • An incredibly expensive reparative moisturizer meant to protect against environmental pollutants containing asian botanicals, antioxidant ingredents, like green tea and rare pine mushroom, as well as shea butter for moisture and niacinamide, which is known for increasing moisture retention and removing spots from skin.  I have not tried, or purchased, this yet.  Don’t think I will unless it comes in the travel set, which is a better value.  I have super oily skin.  My skin is not so delicate that it requires the hydrating power of a $195.00 niche cream.  May feel differently as I get MUCH older.  That ain’t now for a while.  I will do a much thorough review later.

So, that’s the round up for this weeks Monday Minis.  Did you know that “mini” comes from the word “minuscule,” which is derived from the latin word “minus,” which means “less”?  Did you know that because of the usage of the word “mini” that people now commonly misspell the word “minuscule”?  It is so commonly misspelled that the misspelling is now accepted as another spelling of the word.  I thought that was kind of funny.  If you are curious, the misspelling is “miniscule.” 

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    • I know it has the kind of feel I think parched skin would really appreciate. Mine just says – no thank you. If they sold mini sizes of everything I would try out waaaay more brands before sinking more money and buying full size.

    • Well, I noticed with both the primer and the glow that it didn’t really set on my skin and felt like an extra non-aborbing layer. The primer less than the glow. I don’t think either are worth the price, or use, if you have oily skin. Sensitive, normal, or dry, skinned types my love this aspect to it. My oily skin disliked it.

  1. Haha I agree with you on the Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment–I’ve wanted that thing for SO long! Their marketing is just SO clever! But really, it’s true–it really is a prettily packaged and geniusly marketed tube/bar of fullers earth

    • I remember when I first tried this I was like yeah! Umbrian clay that sounds amazing…then when I was reordering I was like hmmm ingredients…and then I was like where the hell is the umbrian clay? Then I googled umbrian clay and I was like huh? Then I googled some of the ingredients and I was like yup…Ive been played. BUT, it still the most conveniently packaged, pretty tube of fullers earth I’ve ever used. I like the product, it works on my skin, so I keep repurchasing it. But I know it’s a trickily marketed, overpriced product. I just haven’t found a convenient, cheaper version of it.

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