Andalou Naturals – Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask – Review

In a Few Words
A brightening mask that is Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free, Nature Derived, Sustainably Sourced, and always Cruelty Free.

The Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask contains “fruit stem cells, vitamin C, and glycolic AHA blended with manuka honey and organic pumpkin” and “gently dissolve and sweeps away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion.” It comes in a 1.7 oz plastic jar and sells for $15.00.

This mask delivers results on a budget- the next morning my skin is noticeably brighter and smoother. I can use it once a week without any irritation and I leave it on for maybe 20 minutes and follow with oils/moisturizer. I do get a slight tingle when I first apply, but it is not uncomfortable and does not last long. For reference, the only other acid mask that has cause a tingle is the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel Mask, The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution doesn’t cause any tingling for me and nor do any acid toners I have used). It seems like it would be gentle mask because there is less than 1% glycolic acid (it is not listed anywhere online, but I emailed the company), but I think it is the combination of glycolic acid, Vitamin C, and spices that cause the tingle. I’m not sure I would recommend recommend this for those who have never done a peel mask or those with very sensitive skin – I think that If a experience a tingle, most people would.

A budget friendly exfoliating mask that delivers results, but may not be for newbies to acids or those with sensitive skin.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Vitamin C – Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Glycolic Acid – <1%
Manuka Honey
CoQ10
Tamanu Oil

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Mineral oil
Parabens

Possible Irritants:
As a whole, it is a pretty strong mask and could cause irritation.

Vegan: No – Manuka Honey

Tested on animals: No

Complete Ingredients:
Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Puree*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Manuka Honey, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Tocopherol, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glycolic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract*, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract*, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract*, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Powder*, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Powder*

The Ordinary – Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – Review

In a Few Words
A simple overnight exfoliating treatment.

The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% is a “high-strength exfoliating serum with lactic acid and hyaluronic acid. It resurfaces the skin to promote a bright, even tone and a smooth, soft texture.” It comes in a 1 oz glass bottle with a dropper and sells for about $7.00.

I bought this after being underwhelmed by Good Genes and T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum (they were fine but not mind blowing). I use this every other night and apply a full dropper before my oil. I also give it 5-10 minutes to absorb before I move on to my next step – if I move on to my next step then the LA + HA will pill.

The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% is… fine. I didn’t really see any improvement in my skin, but it did a good job maintaining my skin. I would buy it again because the price is so good and I would like to try it on my body (currently I am using an exfoliating lotion from Paula’s Choice). I think I liked Sunday Riley and Drunk Elephant better, but I’m always wanting to try something new so next up is Stratia’s Soft Touch AHA.

This treatment would be good for someone on a budget or someone who wants to try an inexpensive acid treatment before buying a luxury item.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Lactic acid – “an alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates to reveal clearer, more radiant skin”
Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer – “a form of hyaluronic acid that boosts skin’s moisture content for a plump, supple, and smooth appearance”

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Mineral Oil
Parabens

Possible Irritants:
N/A – though, given the nature of the product, it might irritate sensitive skins

Vegan: Yes

Tested on animals: No

Complete Ingredients:
AQUA (WATER), LACTIC ACID, GLYCERIN, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ARGININE, POTASSIUM CITRATE, TRIETHANOLAMINE, SODIUM HYALURONATE CROSSPOLYMER, TASMANNIA LANCEOLATA FRUIT/LEAF EXTRACT, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM, XANTHAN GUM, TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE, PPG-26-BUTETH-26, ETHYL 2,2-DIMETHYLHYDROCINNAMAL, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL.

Favorites – Novemeber 2017

Alpha H – Liquid Gold – I have used this acid as toner in the past but what made it an favorite this month is using it as a treatment. The bottle states you can use it as a treatment by applying it to your face with a cotton pad and then put nothing on top of it. I had never tried this is the past because my skin is dehydrated and I have never wanted to skip serums or moisturizers. But this past month I tried it as a treatment and it is phenomenal! The morning after my skin’s tone was more even, pigmentation from acne was reduced, active spots were calmed, and my skin felt great with no dryness or dehydration! I wouldn’t do this more than once a week, but I think it’s defiantly worth a try!

e.l.f. – Pore Refining Brush and Mask Tool – Life. Changer. I have always looked at May Lindstrom’s Facial Treatment Brush but couldn’t really justify spending the money on it. But’ this e.l.f. spatula is dirt cheap and easy to clean. Using a tool to apply masks makes making so much more enjoyable.

Laura Mercier –  Translucent Loose Setting Powder – I am so late to this bandwagon and oh boy do I regret not giving into the hype earlier! I got a sample size in a Sephora Play! box and it sat in my cupboard for a month or two before I actually got around to trying it and I will definitely be buying a full size when it it gone. This powder looks great all over the face and under the eyes – its completely invisible, doesn’t cling to dry patches, has a velvet soft skin-like finish, and extends the wear of dewy foundations. My favorite way to use this powder is with Deciem’s The Ordinary Serum foundation.

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Subculture Palette – This favorite will be no surprise if you follow me on Instagram. I was so intimated by the palette but I finally bought it because I just love the colors. And while it does take a little extra effect to work with, i think it’s totally worth it! While I have had a few duds, I have really loved most of the looks  I’ve made and it has been my most reached for palette since I bought it.

Briogeo – Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment – My scalp is always dry and irritated and the winter weather has really exasperated the issue. This treatment is an absolute savior. It relieves  the itching and reduces my dandruff for 3-4 days. It doesn’t make your scalp greasy at all and a little goes a very long way.

TonyMoly – Changing Magic Foot Peeling Shoes – The addiction is real. I have been using these masks for the last few months (every 3-4 weeks) and I just cannot wait until I can use it again! The masks are basically mellow treatments for your feet (lactic, glycolic, and salicylic) that exfoliate the feet causing them to peel about a week later. After they peel, my feet are so soft and calluses are smoother.