Tata Harper Full Review (Pt.1)

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I’ve spent the better part of 2 months going through my Tata Harper freebies and endless supply of samples at work to really be able to do a full rundown of my impressions on the products. Keep in mind – my skin type and sensitivities may not be the same as yours so the results I get might be different from yours. For reference, I would classify my skin as problem skin that is blemish prone (former Accutane kid), combination skin that is prone to oiliness but with dry patches if I don’t moisturize enough (especially in the winter where sometimes my skin looks oily but feels dry if that makes sense), and my pores are on the larger side so they’re easily congested especially around my nose. My skin is reactive and sensitive: it gets redness very easily and loves to break out especially along my forehead. Ok onto the products:

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Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser ($75) is the cleanser I prefer between her two products in this category. It is a orange sorbet colored cream cleanser that you need to massage around your face to activate. It feels like you’re just sliding cream around your face until the enzymes are activated by the warmth of your skin and the massaging action, then you feel the cream start to break down. The cleanser does not foam (so it isn’t drying but those of you addicted to your Clarisonic will need to keep looking), and uses pink french clay, white willow bark to cleanse and exfoliate skin. The reason I prefer this over her Regenerating Cleanser is because the main difference as far as I could tell, is that the Regenerating Cleanser ($75) -meant to be more exfoliating, has Apricot Kernel beads that more physically stimulate and remove dead skin. I found the beads to be too rough for daily use. 

The Refreshing Cleanser smells gorgeous and is a fusion of neroli, grapefruit, geranium. I started off really enjoying this cleanser after after using it for just 3 days, I noticed my pores became clogged in a way that it has never been clogged before. I didn’t break out or experience redness, nor did I get blackheads. But I noticed my pores just looked congested and a few were raised like little bumps, so I applied pressure to one of them and out came this waxy-oil! This is gross and has never happened before. I’m attributing this to the abundance of waxes in the cleanser (5 types, ingredients 2 & 6 are both waxes), and for that reason I believe it is not suitable for my skin type.

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Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence ($65/50ml & $85/125ml) is one of her signature products and contains 19 active ingredients including hyaluronic acid, white willow, grapefruit, witch hazel, and orange blossom. Spirit Demerson lists this as one of her favorites that she takes everywhere and uses as an all-in-one cleanser/toner/moisturizer. I found this scent very pleasant, almost a boastfully floral scent. I think this is a great product for any skin type that truly does provide make skin feel fresh and hydrated. I really liked the older formula which felt more “pure” and this one is a little more…. “watered down”? 

I think this is a great toner for all skin types, but mature skin will get the most benefits from the formula. I don’t think this cleanses or can act as a stand alone moisturizer but it does layer well under moisturizers. For the price though – I think even at luxury price points there might be some other toners that have similar ingredients at more manageable pricepoints/quantity.

Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme ($90), is a rich creamy eye product that is said to visibly reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and dark shadows. I’m mainly concerned about dark under eye circles which are mostly hereditary but I also want an eye product that makes my eyes feel rested and not tired/sagging. 

The first thing you’ll notice is that you only need a little. I didn’t manage this correctly the first few times and ended up with white panda eyes around my face. I think part of the problem is that Tata Harper creams/moisturizers rely too heavily on waxes which lock in moisture well but are too large for skin to absorb so a lot of the product just ends up sitting on your face and you find yourself just moving it around. 

With that said, the product is very hydrating but I didn’t notice any change to my eye area, in terms of general well-being or dark circle relief. My boyfriend tried some and his eyes ended up tearing so I do think people will need to check the ingredients list for sensitivities (this is not gluten free). 

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex ($45) think of this as Tata’s version of a facial oil, except it isn’t via pump or dropper but rather a rollerball. It is a blend of 11 essential oils with a base of Rosehip, Jojoba, Olive, Apricot, & Borage. This is a very hydrating combo but may not be suitable for blemish prone skin types due to the heavier nature of some of the oils. I think this might be good for some Neiman Marcus customers who want a more approachable facial oil that doesn’t even call itself an “oil” (though it is), but for those of you who are well versed in quality facial oils, this .34oz bottle is not really worth the price, when many facial oils with more interesting and dynamic ingredients are available for a lot less (once you factor in bottle size).

Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment ($60) I really wanted to try this ever since reading all those positive reviews online and seeing the ladies of Nomoredirtylooks personally comment on the efficacy of the Aromatic Bedtime Treatment. I bought a bottle of this because I was really curious if it’s aromatic power was really as effective as all those ladies purported. 

To start: the scent is definitely strong. I can’t really describe it except there is definitely a very green grassy herbal scent. I went into it expecting the scent to be calming or euphoric to put me into the sleepy mood but it wasn’t.. it’s hard to describe but I think my nostrils and olfactory senses were more.. perplexed by the scent. It didn’t smell good but wasn’t off-putting, I just don’t think it really did anything to prepare my body for sleep. 

I let my mom use the rest of the bottle to see if it would work on her since she has a hard time falling asleep and is the lightest sleeper in the world. She didn’t really see any improvements and returned the bottle to me because she was not a fan of the scent. Upon trying the entire range of scents, I would recommend the irritability treatment over the bedtime and stress treatments – I think all three try to do the same job which is to make you happier and mellow but the irritability treatment smells better. 

Part. 2 Coming soon – including the mask, rebuilding moisturizer, body oil

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Lighten up! Kahina Brightening Serum

*Product generously and lovingly provided by Kahina Giving Beauty, review is completely my own*

When I received a bottle of Kahina’s Brightening Serum in the mail, I was so excited! I love Kahina for their gentle, nurturing products which always do their job AND keep skin very pampered. I reviewed their Antioxidant Mask earlier, and ended up getting a full size of the product at work. In fact, I just used it last night because my skin was feeling very listless at the end of a grueling dead week before finals! Now onto the Brightening Serum!

Kahina’s Brightening Serum refines skin tone, evens out pigmentation, and increases luminosity. It does so with a blend of White Lily, Japanese Wakame Seaweed, Maritime Pine, Green Tea, and Argan oil, high in antioxidants. The serum is very milky in texture and consistency. The scent is composed of essential oils of Geranium, Lavender, Sandalwood, as well as Spearmint and Rosemary extract – therefore it has a fresh pine/mint scent. Kahina’s products are known to be great for drier and more mature skin types, but I found that I could basically use this serum as a moisturizer for my skin type. I apply two pumps all over my face day and night and it is enough to keep my face moisturized. I think the combination of Shea butter, Argan Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid are the key moisturizers which are enough for my skin type. 

I’ve been using this serum for 4-6 weeks as recommended and although I don’t really have pigmentation problems right now, I notice that my skin truly does look more luminous and bright. Even in the dull winter, my skin looks fresh and awake. I could not help but think how much better of an investment this is than the traditional brightening products you see from Shiseido (White Lucent Brightening Cream) or Clarins (Brightening Night Cream), not only do you get the results, but you’re also treating your skin well in the process with a very clean formulation.

One usage caution: for those with oily or blemish prone skin, start out using the Brightening serum every other night and gradually build your way up to see how your skin handles the serum. I noticed slight redness/bumps my first week along my cheeks and jawline and reined back my frequency of usage, and have now controlled/adjusted usage so that I do not get that type of reaction. I think we just have to figure out how to make the products work for us. I still think this is better than the non-clean products on the market like Shiseido and Clarins whose formulas cause me blown out cystic acne, irritation, and unbalanced skin, so take my tip for what it is but don’t let it scare you from trying this if you are looking for a product that will give you luminous, bright skin.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment Review: Scientific Technology, Organic Innovation, Ultimate Results?

I hope everyone on the East Coast is keeping safe from Sandy! When I was young, hurricane days were oddly something I looked forward to – my parents would both be home and we would eat all those canned foods that we never usually ate, and sit in a room together with lit candles as we told stories. It was such a pleasant departure from the hustle of every day life. Today I got a break from school/work, and my boyfriend and I have spent all day watching a movie marathon (thank you Netflix!). I finally got some time to attend to my tumblr!

Lately I’ve been trying out more clean brands and Juice Beauty is one I always heard of but never really paid attention to. From a branding point of view, they’re definitely the less cool sister to other mainstream brands like Ren and Jurlique, but upon investigating their ingredient lists, I was surprised to see how much cleaner and more innovative they are than the aforementioned brands. They’ve reformulated most products to not use phenoxyethanol, and in general their products are just more natural. 

One product stood out to me, and that was the Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment. At $45 for .5 oz, it is right in line with similar offerings from Ren, Jurlique, and most other mid-high range lines. What made it stand out was that besides being clean, and natural, there was a clear focus on technology, namely, fruit stem cells.


The main active in this serum is a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and fat soluble Vitamin C which are said to reduce damage and fight dark circles and fine lines around the eyes. The rest of the ingredients are grouped into antioxidant rich juices and plant oils which are hydrating and improve skin. My eyes don’t have many issues, which I am thankful for, but I do have the hereditary dark circles and want a product more for preventative purposes so this seemed perfect.

The full ingredients list is:
Juice Beauty proprietary blend of fruit stem cells: apple buds, grape buds & lemon bark. Ingredients: Organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe leaf juice)*, vegetable glycerin, octyl palmitate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glyceryl stearate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), stearic acid, cetearyl alcohol, malus sylvestris (apple buds), vitis vinifera (grape buds) & citrus limonum (lemon bark), organic plant oils of helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, organic essential fatty acids of oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose oil)*, linum usitatissimum (organic linseed oil)*, borago officinalis (organic borage seed oil)*, xanthan gum, panthenol (Vitamin B5), allantoin, tocopherol (Vitamin E), sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus aurantium (orange blossom) pure essential oils

Overall I thought it was fairly clean, although those with sensitivities to citrus oils and extracts may need to think twice since lemon bark stem cells, lemon bark extract, and lemon juice rank pretty high on the list. The list provides a lot of wonderful botanicals such as Jojoba seed oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Seed Oil, and the fruit juices. What will make the difference to a buyer between buying and not buying this product will ultimately be personal belief in the power of fruit stem cells. There are many scientists who say that stem cells only have power over similar cells, as such only animal stem cells can have any impact on our skin on a cellular level. 

Personally, I’ve seen decent results. Thanks to the rich plant oils and Organic shea butter, I felt like this product was very hydrating and made me under eye area feel moisturized and silky. Some products often dry out my under eye area which only makes the finest of lines even more pronounced, which I really do not like. I’m not sure if it is the magic of stem cells or the overall wonderful formulation but I do see some brightening in my skin. It could be due to the Vitamin C which is known to brighten skin but I’d like to believe that the stem cells made some difference. Overall, I felt this was a very comfortable eye serum that moisturized, didn’t sting, didn’t dry out, and didn’t make my eye feel “stretched” like how some firming eye treatments can do.

My only issue, ever so minor, is the applicator. At first I liked it since I read that our fingers can often be too rough or pull the sensitive skin under the eye area but this applicator was a little bit heavy handed since the serum deposits at the very top, so product often winds up in the lashes! I’ve since then learned to squeeze out beforehand and dab it onto my under eye area using my fingers, and then using the applicator to smooth it out. 

When it comes to natural eye products, what are your favorites? Have you had any experiences with botanical stem cells? Let me know!
 

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment ($45 from Juice Beauty)

The Essential Clay Masks

(L) Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask Sample;
(R) Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque

I’ve been on an obsession with masks recently and I’ve noticed they seem to be divided among two camps of “purifying” masks and “nourishing” masks. My skin is at that stage where a mask that is solely purifying is not enough since I need that extra something to make it glow, and a mask that is purely nourishing is too rich for my blemish prone skin. So I started paying more attention to clay masks.

Kahina’s Antioxidant Mask and Aesop’s Primrose Masque aren’t like the pore-vacuuming clay masks of yesteryear that left skin irritated and stripped. These masks infuse skin with nutrients like antioxidants, nourishing botanical oils, and minerals that give skin a wonderful glow while decongesting pores.

Aesop’s Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque has an earthy, green scent that won’t offend most senses. The product is a hardened clay so you will need to use the heat from your fingers to liquefy it a little so it melts easily on the face. It uses Kaolin clay and Bentonite, which are very ancient traditional cosmetic ingredients used to draw out toxins and impurities. There is also Evening Primrose Oil, Rose Canina Fruit Oil, and Sage Oil which provide antioxidants, Vitamin E, and hydration.

I found this masque a little messy to scoop since it is a little hard, which is why the sides of the bottle are a little messy. But applying on the face was a breeze. My skin didn’t really feel anything when I had it on, even when it dried, my face wasn’t stiff and stone-like. I love that upon drying, it turns to a white crust on top of the skin so it washes off very easily and cleanly. The only thing is it wasn’t as strong as the mask by Kahina in drawing out impurities and hydrating. 

Kahina’s Antioxidant Mask utilizes Rhassoul Clay, which is a mineral rich clay mined from the Atlas mountain region in Morocco. This type of clay is very rich in skin friendly minerals such as silica and magnesium. Kahina’s Antioxidant mask is richer in hydrating and nutrient dense ingredients such as Argan Oil, Sunflower seed oil, Acai Fruit Oil, Pomegranate seed Extract, and Rosemary Leaf Extract. I love that Argan Oil, which Kahina is known for, is included so high in the ingredients list because it balances out the drawing properties of the clay perfectly so your skin is being nourished as well. There are definitely more antioxidant rich ingredients in this formula which is important for repairing your skin.

Upon using this sample, I noticed the mask is significantly lighter than the Aesop mask. The clay scoops very easily onto my finger and applies effortlessly onto my skin. Because it was so easy to apply, I really didn’t need a lot of it to cover my entire face. I noticed some granules in the formula which provide gentle exfoliation. The scent is interesting, it shares a definite clay scent with the Aesop product but this product has undertones of key botanical oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Geranium which is very refreshing. I felt a little bit of a tingling sensation along the pores next to my nose so I knew this product was more active than Aesops. Upon washing the mask, I found that it turned into almost a foamy cleanser. I was pretty surprised at that! I felt that despite being a stronger purifier, this also left my skin more nourished, most likely due to the more abundant number of skin repairing antioxidant actives. I was also surprised after washing off that my skin was a little flushed, not red in an irritated way, but a healthy glow showing that there was some circulation to my skin. 

I think both products are wonderful with the edge going to Kahina due to higher quality of ingredients, more abundant ingredients, and a more effective product that both purifies and nourishes. Ultimately both will provide great detoxification and carry good antioxidant nutrition, so you can’t go wrong!

Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque ($47) 

Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask ($62)

Nude Skincare – You are more beautiful NUDE

During Fashion Week last month, I had the opportunity to work backstage at several shows and met with lots of influential beauty professionals. NUDE was there as part of their “re”-launch of their line. After they were acquired by LVMH in 2011, NUDE invested in developing a new line of products (ProGenius) along with a more aggressive marketing campaign. I was at their hotel suite where their aestheticians taught us about their line and provided us generous samples and full sized products to take away.

For those who want some background on this line, the following video is a quick glimpse into the founders message and an overview of their products:

 

I definitely think that Ali Hewson was a great partner to bring on board. Not only is she a known environmentalist (her clothing line Edun is completely ethical and fair trade), but her reach has definitely secured them a lot of buzz. The products are 98% natural, the packaging is biodegradable, and the formulations stress probiotics and omegas. I found this fascinating because I’m not too sure what Probiotics really do for the skin. I’ve seen Probiotics used in skincare from Eminence Organics, NUDE, and even Clinique’s medical line but there is little evidence out there that supports benefits of their topical application. 

The star of the line is the new NUDE ProGenius Treatment Oil. A Facial Oil rich in Omega 3,6,7,9. It is their signature treatment that is said to provide nourishment for the skin. At $72/1oz the price isn’t too bad but I wish they would have thoguht more about overall skin health. Although the oils pack more than just omegas, all other nutrition seems to be an afterthought and the truth is although omegas are good for skin health, they are not necessarily the only thing skin needs. I felt this was perhaps more of a marketing thing that made it easy to communicate what made this oil special. That said, this isn’t a ‘pure’ facial oil in the clean beauty sense, there is a preservative and alcohol but the rest of the ingredients are clean, botanical oils. The oil is on the thicker side and is definitely not something I would use during the summer. But I can see myself using this during the colder months later this year to add a boost of hydration. There is a light scent that is quite pleasant and the oil itself is a dark yellow/orange color which I thought was pleasant as well. Overall, recommended for drier skin types.

Another product I was curious to try was the Perfect Cleansing Oil ($36). I was pleasantly surprised that not only was it effective in removing makeup, but it formed a milky texture when added with water. Upon looking at the ingredients list, I deduced that this was because of a chemical called polyglyceryl-4-oleate, a special type of emulsifier, so it is important to note that this is not a “clean 100% oil cleanser” however, this isn’t a “terrible” type of emulsifier, and is less of a “big-bad chemical” than lecithin which is found in lots of products that purport to be natural. So use based on your own skincare philosophy, I didn’t really get bad reactions from this and found it to be effective in removing makeup. Although I do have to follow with a ‘normal’ cleanser just because I am wired that way.

The last product I got was the Cellular Renewal Moisturiser, another ‘hero’ product in their line. I didn’t know whether my skin really needed all that “anti-aging” technology but I love the formulation. It utilizes 3 key componants to target aging: antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics. Antioxidants are know to repair and replenish skin, and fight free radical damage. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural plumping agent used in many anti-aging products that draws in moisture. Probiotics is the one I’m a little skeptical about in terms of topical application. But I think their probiotics come from the ingredient “Yeast Extract” which itself is a very nutritious active. The only major complaint I have is that NUDE decided to put ‘parfum’ and phenoxyethanol in this otherwise wonderful moisturiser. 

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the performance of this line. The packaging and bottles are sleek and beautiful, the ingredients are not the cleanest on the market but are a step above most mainstream brands, and the using the products were a wonderful experience. The main qualms lay in personal skincare beliefs, if you are okay with certain iffy ingredients, and are okay with products that use what I consider an over-reliance on probiotics and omegas- then this is a line worth checking out.

Products available in Sephora and Nude Skincare.

Crying, Literally: Sisley Ecological Compound

I’m typing this post while pausing every few seconds to wipe the tears that are welling up and it is all because of Sisley’s Ecological Compound. 

Last week my coworker gave me a mini-bottle of this to try since she knew I liked “botanicals”. My experience with Sisley has not been good, I found their products always caused me to breakout (hello mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, etc.), and just were not effective at doing anything – if you want overpriced, this is it. At least a product such as Rodin’s Luxury Facial Oil is all active and high quality, the majority of Sisley products I’ve tried are mainly harsh chemicals, water, synthetic waxes, parfum, mineral oil, PEGs, and then maybe 8% active essential oils. But the Ecological Compound was ranked on several top beauty product lists in many Cantonese and Japanese beauty magazines so I decided to give this a go.

Here is the full ingredient list:
Water, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Centella Asiatica Extract, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance (parfum), Stearyl Alcohol, , Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Butylparben, Ethylparaben, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Propylparaben. (cont. linalool, coumarin, limonene, benzyl benzoate).

I was surprised how high Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, and Parabens are listed, this formula needs an overhaul fast. It seems Centella Asiatica Extract is the key player on this list and it is a very good botanical but based on this formulation alone, I would not pay the $245 list price. 

In hindsight, I think I knew this wouldn’t give me the desired result so I was smart enough to try this on the backs of my hands first. The creamy milky serum absorbed quickly and left behind the most overwhelming stench of perfume – kind of like STRONG French perfume that really gets to you after an hour. The scent seemed to get worse as it lingered until all I could do was focus on it. Then, my knuckles developed a rash, and now I have an itch along my index finger. Needless to say, this would have wreaked havoc had a put it on my face. I quickly went to wash this off. Then I wiped my eyes – big mistake. I didn’t realize how persistent the Mineral Oil and Parfums were, and even with a thorough washing I still had residue left. Now my eyes are burning and tearing up. I’m left frustrated.

I’m also looking online to find reviews for this product and I’m honestly so astonished to see so good reviews for this product that I would not even put on my face! 

September Empties – Products I’ve finished using

As a product junkie, I sometimes try so many things that I fear I may never finish using them before I move onto my next. For me, the end of a product is the best time for me to write a review because it helps me think if I’m going to repurchase, what I’ll miss about it, what I won’t miss. I find that products that seem to have run out ‘too soon’ always tend to be favorites that incorporate into my routine and use a lot and there are products that I have to make a serious effort to use up – at which point its kind of like eating at a buffet, you might go back in the future but for now you don’t want to even look at it!

For September, I’ve finished using:

Jurlique Purifying Foaming Cleanser($34): A syrup-like cleanser formulated with tea tree oil and lavender to target blemish prone skin. Other cool ingredients include honey, green tea, grape seed, tumeric, and witch hazel. It really does help to remove makeup and grime but it is a little bit too strong. It foams a lot (more than the natural cleansers I’ve been using) so this is perhaps why it is also a bit drying since foaming agents can lead to that. Unless I follow with a facial oil in the summer, my skin will feel stripped and go into over-production of sebum. The scent was a very strange botanical scent, not that relaxing but not really a deal breaker for me. I felt like I really had to work to finish this cleanser, but perhaps that is because it isn’t really ‘right’ for my skin type which no longer needs a cleanser this strong.

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($49.50): If you’ve read a few of my past posts on acne scars, you’ll know I didn’t really see results with this serum. Instead it aggravated breakouts on my forehead so I could not really use it. It has been a challenge for me to finish using but since I didn’t want to waste it, I ended up applying this around a few sunspots on my arms since my face has cleared up significantly with this product from YULI. Not sure if Clinique really did anything for those sunspots but just glad to have finally used this all up. Scent is a chemically, fluid is a milky cream gel. 

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($55): Most of the products in the Tata Harper line are not suitable for my skin type and tend to be too heavy on my pores. However, the resurfacing mask is perfect. It is a gorgeous amber hued gel that smells like a spa. It resurfaces skin but is delicate enough for sensitive skin. I did not get any redness and my skin felt so hydrated and nourished after using it. I can safely keep this on my face for an hour before washing off and my face will just glow. I used up my sample in 4 days because I was so addicted to the mask, just ordered a full sized jar.

Dermatologica Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask ($46): I’m not a huge fan of Dermatologica but I received a sample of this from a Beautybar order. I know their products aren’t completely clean but I love any mask that focuses on nourishing skin with vitamins, antioxidants, etc to relieve stressed skin. The mask is a white cream that looks like a lotion at first but once you apply it, you can really feel this layer on your face. Skin just feels ‘injected’ with moisture and looks soooo well rested when you wash it off. If the formula were cleaner, I would not hesitate to buy the full sized product but since it is not, I chose to spend my ‘mask’ money on Tata Harper.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15 ($72): I had read a lot of great things about how this product is the perfect balance between moisturizer + spf + light coverage foundation. When I got my hands on this, the first thing I noticed was how silky and fluid the consistency was – lighter than most moisturizers and foundations I’ve used. The scent is like heaven, but I know they use a synthetic fragrance to achieve that. It absorbed fast but you do need a lot of this product to feel it moisturize. I don’t really see much coverage but this product is virtually weightless. I just wish the SPF could be higher, or the coverage could be a bit more but this isn’t a bad product by any means. I will definitely consider buying this if they could make a SPF 30 variant even if it is not as light weight.

YULI Panacea Elixir ($36): Remember how I said some products you just always run out of? This is one of them. If I was paid a dollar every time I sprayed this, I could probably buy this product over and over every day. I’m a stickler for scents and the most recent batch from them just smells GORGEOUS! Whenever I feel a breakout about to come out, I just spray this over my face at night, massage all over and go to bed – it seems to detoxify all the junk out over night. It also cleans out my pores and makes my skin look way better than it genetically should. I also use this after workouts and it keeps my face really hydrated. There is no alcohol in this so it doesn’t dry out your skin. And I found that facial oils and moisturizers sink into skin faster after I apply this product. This has become such a staple in my regimen.

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel ($45): I think I said in the Sunday Riley Good Genes review that this is a cheaper, less refined, but more active version of the same thing. Truth be told, this is actually my boyfriends product but I use it too. I notice that it is way too strong to leave on overnight as the instructions say. I tried it once, and I looked like I had been laying out in the sun all weekend with no sunscreen. With that said, if you want a clean, acid peel this is a great product. It really allows your skin to start fresh. It is a clearish-green gel with a slightly slightly acidic scent. Not too sure if I would purchase this product again – there are a few clean acid peels and resurfacing products out there so I will probably test some, but this is still a very solid option.