I will always be a bigger skincare nut than a makeup nut. My skincare expenditures dwarf my makeup expenditures easily. I wish I could go cold turkey and not buy any new skincare products until I used up a significant amount of my products but it is rather hard for me to do. I may actually insitute a skincare no-buy period simply because I have nearly two dozen brand new, still shrink wrapped, or boxed, skincare products stuffed in dark drawers, or shelves. Some of which I know I will not be able to use until next fall/winter, since they are unsuited for spring/summer.
But lust I must. And beauty companies are always releasing a new potential blockbuster product. Arrghhhhh. I like to check out Sephora’s or Skinstore’s website weekly for new products, and I was not disappointed. There are a few products that intrigued me and are within my allowable price points. I have already tried samples for a few and liked them, but I have not yet made the purchase because of my own glut of products. Sigh. How long will my resolve last?
Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil™, 1.0 oz for $45.00
An oil and Vitamin C ? Sweet! This actually reminds me of Lumene’s Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail (reviewed here). I love oils, so the idea of a vitamin c-infused oil to apply before sunscreen sounds great to me. I WILL try this before the year is out and report back. It is more expensive than I think it should be but I am “le sucker” for oils so, oh well.
Ingredients: Rosehip Seed Oil, Tangerine Peel Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).
Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel, 1.7 oz for $49.50
I actually tried a sample of this and I like it. You can feel the exfoliating action quickly. I have only used this after the gym so there is definitely more blood rushing in my face from my physical exertion, but this definitely softens and degreases my skin. Kind of pricey though for a peel, but you actually dont need a lot to move around your face for the same effect. It’s not like it neutralizes or anything.
Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Synthetic Beeswax, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyl Ester of PVM/MA Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Azelaic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Butylene Glycol, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Propyl Gallate, Zinc Gluconate, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Menthyl Lactate, Lauryl Laurate, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Aminomethyl Propanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ceteareth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil.
Murad Active Radiance™ Serum Featuring Resilient-C™ Complex, 1.0 oz for $89.00
I am looking for a new vitamin c serum. I recently finished the last few uses of the Lumene’s Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail and I still have an extra bottle of the stuff, as well as the oily skin version. However, I want something more potent for rapid firming and brightening. Glycolic acid is one of the top ingredients and that is a plus. I am particular about how serums feel on my skin, so I will see if I can get a sample before I buy to try out.
Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Glycerin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Ectoin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Zinc Gluconate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biotin, Mannitol, Chitosan Ascorbate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Menthyl Lactate, Lauryl Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Corn Starch Modified, Xanthan Gum, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Orange 4 (CI 15510).
Marula The Leakey Collection Pure Marula Oil, 1.69 oz for $78.00
I received a generous sample of this from Sephora and I was really impressed with this oil, which is great for oily, acne-prone skin. I have seen bad reviews for this product but they were all from women who complained about it on their dry skin, or it being not moisturizing enough. So, dry skinned girl keep note this is NOT moisturizing enough. However, on my oily skin it is just fine. Loaded with antioxidants and omegas, it is supposed to nourish the skin, fight fine lines and wrinkles. It can also be used as a primer and I have to say it worked well on my skin. I still have the Hourglass No. 28 Serum, which is a primer chock full of essential oils, so this will have to hold out for a while.
Ingredient: Marula Oil
I didn’t notice until AFTER I was writing this post that I seem to be lemming after Vitamin C products. So if there IS a moratorium on purchasing that will be the exclusion. 🙂