Estee Lauder – Advanced Night Repair – Review

In a Few Words
An iconic anti-aging serum that makes skin appear smoother and more radiant.

Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair is meant to prevent signs of aging, hydrate the skin, minimize lines and wrinkles, and add radiance. It is appropriate for all skin types, oil free, dermatologist tested, and won’t clog pores. Estee Lauder claims. “lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced. More than 75% of women felt their skin looked more youthful in just 4 weeks. Skin feels smoother, hydrated, stronger. 82% felt their skin was immediately hydrated. Skin looks younger, radiant, more even toned. 83% felt their skin looked healthier, fresher, more rested in just 4 weeks.”

In a Few Words
An iconic anti-aging serum that makes skin appear smoother and more radiant.

Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair is meant to prevent signs of aging, hydrate the skin, minimize lines and wrinkles, and add radiance. It is appropriate for all skin types, oil free, dermatologist tested, and won’t clog pores. Estee Lauder claims. “lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced. More than 75% of women felt their skin looked more youthful in just 4 weeks. Skin feels smoother, hydrated, stronger. 82% felt their skin was immediately hydrated. Skin looks younger, radiant, more even toned. 83% felt their skin looked healthier, fresher, more rested in just 4 weeks.” Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair comes in a plastic bottle with a dropper and 1 oz sells for about 65.00.

I used Advanced Night Repair 3-4 nights a week just before my moisturizer and applied it by pressing it into my skin. I used the entire 1 oz bottle over the span of about 2 months… and I’m so glad it’s gone. I did not like this serum, but before I give my opinion, I feel like I need to add a few caviots: I know anti-aging serums are long term products and are not overnight miracle workers and I acknowledge that I (28 year old) am probably not the target demographic. But, first of all, this iconic, $65.00 serum comes in a plastic, PLASTIC bottle and it feels cheap. Not cool. I could get over that if the serum itself did anything for me, but it didn’t. I was hoping to see more radiance and an increase in healing time for my acne/acne marks, but I honestly noticed zero difference in my skin. It did lay well with all of my other skincare products and it mixed well with other serums and oils. It was hydrating, but not any more so than any other serums/oils.

This product may be great for mature skin, but pass on it if you’re under 30.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Squalene – antioxidant/emollient
Bifida Ferment Lysate, Lactobacillus Ferment – probiotic – hydrating/soothing
Yeast Extract – soothing/conditioning
Sodium Hyaluronate – hydrating/antioxident

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Frangrence
Parabens

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan: Unknown – Squalene may not be vegan but there website didn’t state where they source theirs from

Tested on animals: Yes

Complete Ingredients:
Water\Aqua\Eau; Bifida Ferment Lysate; Methyl Gluceth-20; Peg-75; Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane; Butylene Glycol; Propanediol; Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract; Hydrolyzed Algin; Pantethine; Caffeine; Lecithin; Tripeptide-32; Ethylhexylglycerin; Sodium Rna; Bisabolol; Glycereth-26; Squalane; Sodium Hyaluronate; Oleth-3 Phosphate; Caprylyl Glycol; Lactobacillus Ferment; Oleth-3; Oleth-5; Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile); \Faex\Extrait De Levure; Choleth-24; Hydrogenated Lecithin; Ceteth-24; Tocopheryl Acetate; Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate; Hexylene Glycol; Carbomer; Triethanolamine; Trisodium Edta; Bht; Xanthan Gum; Phenoxyethanol; Red 4 (Ci 14700); Yellow 5 (Ci 19140) <ILN39632>

Simple Beauty – Rose Hip Seed Oil

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Rose hip seed oil is pressed from the seeds of rose bushes and is a powerhouse of ingredients for your skin.  It is most popular for being a natural source of Vitamin A – a more gentle form of retinol.  The oil also  has essential fatty acids that can assist in tissue regeneration that may reduce fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. It is high in linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that may reduce acne. It also contains Vitamin C, another anti-aging ingredient that stimulates the production of collagen and reduces the signs of aging.

I have bought rose hip seed oil on Amazon (as with all oils, I prefer Organic and cold pressed), but I like to get it from The Ordinary now that they carry it. I use the oil almost every evening on my face – I will either mix it in with Stratia Liquid Gold or I will mix it with my serum. Not only does it provide a little boost of benefits with the vitamins and fatty acids, it also provides a little extra moisture for my dehydrated skin. It is pretty lightweight and I think that normal/combo/oil skins would not find it to be too heavy if it was used on its own or under moisturizer.  Have you used rose hip seed oil? Let me know what you thought of it! Oils are my favorite one ingredient beauty products and I have a few more lined up to talked about in this series!

CosRX – Low pH Good Morning Cleanser – Review

In a Few Words
A basic gel cleanser appropriate for most skin types.

Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser suitable for all skin types – including dry and sensitive. The cleanser has a pH of 5 so it doesn’t disrupt the skin’s acid mantle and doesn’t over dry or strip you skin of its natural oils. It is formulated with tea tree oil and a form of BHA (Betaine Salicylate) to help control breakouts, minimize the appearance of pores, and exfoliate.

In a Few Words
A basic gel cleanser appropriate for most skin types.

Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser suitable for all skin types – including dry and sensitive. The cleanser has a pH of 5 so it doesn’t disrupt the skin’s acid mantle and doesn’t over dry or strip you skin of its natural oils. It is formulated with tea tree oil and a form of BHA (Betaine Salicylate) to help control breakouts, minimize the appearance of pores, and exfoliate. The CosRX Low pH Good Morning Cleanser comes in a 150ml plastic tube and costs about $11.00.

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The Takeaway

I bought my Low pH Good Morning Cleanser on Amazon, I used entire bottle, and it lasted me about 3 months. I used this cleanser as a second cleanse in the evening or as a first cleanse in the morning. Most retailers say that it can be used to remove makeup, but I would’t recommend that. I like to use oil cleansers to remove makeup, but I did try the Low pH Good Morning Cleanser a few times and found that it didn’t really breakup a full face of makeup and it burned my eyes.

I have dehydrated, acne prone skin and, even though the pH is right with the product, it did leave my skin feeling a little dry and tight. I tended to save this for days my skin was calm because it could be a little too much for my face – I usually prefer a creamy cleanser (like the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser) for a second cleanse. I did mostly like Low pH Good Morning Cleanser because helped me maintain a clear face and a smaller appearance of my pores, but I didn’t really enjoy using it.

I love the ingredients, pH, and price of this product. I think this is a budget friendly, basic cleanser for anyone with normal to oily skin – dry and dehydrated faces might want to stay away from this.

This would be a great cleanser for most people with normal to oily skin.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Tea Tree Oil – antimicrobial, antioxidant
Saccharomyces Ferment – moisturizing agent
Betaine Salicylate – antimicrobial, exfoliate
Japanese Cedar – antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory
Kudzu Root Extract – anti-inflammatory
Sacred Water Lotus Leaf Extract – antioxidant

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Parabens
Sodium Lauroyl Sulfate
Phthalates

 

Possible Irritants: None I would pick out

Vegan: Yes

Tested on animals: No

Country of origin: Made in South Korea
Other info: N/A

Complete Ingredients:
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 20, Styrax Japonicus (Japanese Snowbell) Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Ferment, Cryptomeria Japonica (Japanese Cedar) Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Sacred Water Lotus) Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris (Pine Pitch) Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Betaine Salicylate, Citric Acid, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA.

Simple Beauty Products – Rose Water

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Rose Water has almost an endless number of benefits and uses. Rose water is an astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants. It can be sprayed on your hair and scalp to condition the hair and soothe scalp irritations like dandruff. Rose water can be used like aromatherapy to help reduce stress and anxiety to help you feel more relaxed and sleep better. For the skin, it can help maintain the skin’s pH balance, reduce acne and eczema, and add additional hydration.

I buy my Rose Water on Amazon and usually spend $10.00 – 15.00. The current bottle I’m using has an awful firehose spray – it’s not a deal breaker but it also makes it a little unpleasant to use. I look for rose water that is make from rose distillate (or hydrosol) and organic. Rose water made from distillation maintains the benefits of rose water, some rose water toners may be water mixed with rose essential oil . I love using rose water as a hydrating toner in my skin care routine, it’s so refreshing and relaxing. I haven’t tried it on my hair or scalp, though I may because I do get dandruff from time to time.

Indie Lee – Calendula Eye Balm – Review

In a Few Words 
An oily eye cream for very dry, irritated eyes .

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balmis a “multitasking miracle balm specially designed for the sensitive skin around the eyes. Mango seed butter dramatically diminishes appearance of dark circles, while calendula oil, beeswax, and lavender oil increase skin’s elasticity”.

 

In a Few Words 
An oily eye cream for very dry, irritated eyes .

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balmis a “multitasking miracle balm specially designed for the sensitive skin around the eyes. Mango seed butter dramatically diminishes appearance of dark circles, while calendula oil, beeswax, and lavender oil increase skin’s elasticity”. The eye balm comes in a glass pot, has 0.5 oz of product, and sells for $42.00.

 

 The Takeaway

I bought my Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm on Amazon’s Luxury Beauty page (that is the legit part of the Amazon marketplace where you can be sure you are buying from a reliable source, versus finding an incredible and shady deal on a product that usually sells for twice as much). I have had mine for 3 months, I use it 1-2 times a day, and have used maybe half the pot. I chose this eye balm because I was using prescription Retin-A and was having problems with really dry, almost burning areas around my eye (I never apply Retin-A around my eyes, the prescription just dries the hell out of your whole face). I started by using rose hip oil with my normal eye cream on the irritated areas but decided to change up eye creams and figured  an oily balm would be more hydrating than your average eye cream. The Calendula Eye Balm did not cause any clogged pores or milia and was very hydrating and soothing. Since using this balm, I don’t experience painfully dry eyes anymore. It is not greasy at all and I never had a problem applying makeup on top of it but it does take a long time to absorb into the skin.

I do think that if you don’t have really dry eyes from treatments or weather (wintertime) or if you have oily skin, then this will probably be way too heavy for you. Also, the smell is horrendous; it smells straight-up like Chinese carry-out (which is awesome to smell at your kitchen table, not too appealing at 5 am on your face). But, the smell is not a deal breaker because as long as I am using Retin-A, I will keep buying this eye balm.

This eye balm may be too heavy for some, but it is very hydrating and soothing to extremely dry eye areas.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Calendula Flower Oil – anti-inflammatory
Squalane – emollient

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Parabens
Mineral Oil
Phthalates

Possible irritants:
Essential oils

Vegan: No – Beeswax

Tested on animals: No

Country of origin: Made in the United States

Other info: N/A

Complete Ingredients:
Calendula Officinalis Flower (calendula) Oil, Beeswax, Magnifera Indica (mango) Seed Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Squalane (olive derived), Persea gratissima (avocado) Oil, Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol)

Andalou Naturals – Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher – Review

In a Few Words
A face mist toner with anti-aging ingredients.

Andalou Naturals Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher states it is ideal for dry and very dry skin, dull and flaky skin, prematurely aging skin, and those with fine lines and wrinkles. “Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol, CoQ10, and aloe vera polysaccharides instantly hydrate and replenish with essential nutrients, gently sooth irritation and balancing skin’s delicate pH, geranium and orange leaf uplift and tone for a natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion. Resveratrol and CoQ10, super antioxidants, support skin well being and essential building blocks, collagen and elastin, for a softer, smoother appearance and vitality. Skin’s truest self is fully realized with a portfolio of a nature’s most potent bioactvies and the innovation that captures it all.”

In a Few Words
A face mist toner with anti-aging ingredients.

Andalou Naturals Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher states it is ideal for dry and very dry skin, dull and flaky skin, prematurely aging skin, and those with fine lines and wrinkles. “Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol, CoQ10, and aloe vera polysaccharides instantly hydrate and replenish with essential nutrients, gently sooth irritation and balancing skin’s delicate pH, geranium and orange leaf uplift and tone for a natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion. Resveratrol and CoQ10, super antioxidants, support skin well being and essential building blocks, collagen and elastin, for a softer, smoother appearance and vitality. Skin’s truest self is fully realized with a portfolio of a nature’s most potent bioactvies and the innovation that captures it all.” The toner comes in a plastic spray bottle, has 6 oz of product and sells for $13.00.

The Takeaway

I bought my toner at Ulta a little over a week ago and have used it once a day since then. I picked out this toner because I love to try new face mists – I  keep most of my skincare the same, but toner is one step that I like experimenting with. I usually go for hydrating face mists/essences like Belif Hungarian Water Essence or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea. I liked that this toner has a base of aloe juice and has CoQ10, Vitamin C, tea extracts, and fruit stem cells. The price was right and the bottle was pretty big so I decided to give it a try.

A minor complaint it that the mist is not fine and gentle, it sprays a ton in a small area. I could overlook that if I really liked what was being blasted on my face, but I don’t. THe toner burns the dryer areas on my face around my eyes and cheek bones. I have dry skin, but I take good care of it, and my eye area can be dry and sensitive, but I don’t usually have any issues with it… except with this mist. I kept using it thinking that it wasn’t really burning or maybe it would stop irritating my face, but nope. Looking over the ingredient list, my best guess for the irritation/burning is alcohol in it. Admittedly, I knew there was alcohol  in this toner before I bought it. This toner has Phenethyl Alcohol for fragrance and inhibiting the growth of bacteria – according to my research fragrance alcohols are similar to simple alcohols and can be drying and irritating. Normally, I would have never bought a toner with alcohol in it, but it was pretty far down on the ingredient list, I liked other ingredients, and I was feeling adventurous and wanted to try something from brand I really hadn’t heard of. Unfortunately, the formula just really does not work with my skin.

Hard pass if you have dry or sensitive skin; the other ingredients don’t outweigh the alcohol in this toner.

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Notable ingredients it DOES have:
CoQ10 – antioxidant
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate – Vitamin C

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Parabens

Possible irritants:
Phenethyl Alcohol – fragrance, anti-bacterial
Essential Oil

Vegan: Yes

Tested on animals: No

Country of origin: Made in the United States

Other Info:
Gluten free
Non-GMO Verified

Complete Ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Juice (Organic), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lauric Acid, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis), BioActive 8 Berry Complex (Organic), Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract (Organic, Fair Trade), Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Extract (Organic, Fair Trade), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts (Organic, Fair Trade), Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange) Oil (Organic), Geranium Maculatum Oil (Organic)