Review: Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

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Korres was one of the first non-Philosophy skin care lines and I’ve always enjoyed their products. I was pretty disappointed about my lack of enthusiasm for their greek yoghurt nigh cream, but thought this Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial sounded very different. Also is it just me or is Rose showing up everywhere these days?

I tried a 10mL sample for several days. The first time I used it I had a weird cognitive dissonance because to me it smells like smarties — those tiny chalky circle treats that came around every Valentines Day. So putting on a light creamy night face treatment when my brain was telling me “time for sweets!” was quite odd. But after a couple of days I got over it and was able to enjoy the process more rather than be weirded out by it.

This product is somewhere between a cream and a souffle texture. Its light, but not so airy that I would call it whipped. It definitely felt great going on my skin, and upon waking up each and every morning it had absorbed in fully. My skin didnt feel particularly extra vibrant or anything, but I didnt break out or have any adverse reaction and I didn’t feel like my skin needed an extra oomph. Overall I think it did a pretty decent job! Full price its $48 for 1.35 ounces, so I’d say I am teetering on the thought of re-purchasing. It’s certainly less expensive than the Sunday Riley option, and while it wasnt quite as magical as the Sunday Riley routine I do definitely like how my skin feels when I wake up.

I’ll test out some other products before deciding to buy a full size of this or not, but it’s definitely in the running! I would guess that with continued use my skin would feel brighter as that’s what happened with the Origins products.

 

Night moisturizer rankings:
1. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil
2. Korress Wild Rose Advance Brightening Sleeping Facial
3. Origins Night-A-Mins Renewal (oil and/or cream)
4. Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial
5. Caudalie Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream

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Review: Caudalie Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream

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I received a deluxe sample (10 mL) of Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream so was able to use it for several days in a row since my Origins regimen has run out.

I’m not sure why this line is called Vinoperfect, it smells more like roses than grapes to me! It comes out quite thick; you really don’t need to use much, which I appreciate for values sake. 40 mL of this stuff costs $59 at Sephora, so not having to use a ton makes up for the price. But again, it is quite thick! And I found this noticeable on my skin. For an overnight cream I figure this is acceptable as maybe it’s designed to slowly sink in overnight.

When I woke up there was not a layer of this cream on my skin, so it did appear to soak in, phew! But I found my skin felt more oily than normal, and I did happen to breakout while using this over the course of a week. I usually get ~1-2 breakouts per month, so this could’ve been by chance, but I can’t help but think that this thick formula may have contributed.

My skin definitely felt moist and plump, but I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who has oily skin. At $59 for 40mL I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this. If it goes on sale I would definitely consider it! But as is I feel like I can get something more affordable that I like more.

Night moisturizer rankings:
1. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil
2. Origins Night-A-Mins Renewal (oil and/or cream)
3. Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial
4. Caudalie Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream

Review: charcoal masks

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I try to use a face mask 1 to 2 times a week. I love the ease of sheet masks, but have recently ventured into charcoal based masks.

Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment is pretty amazing. Apply it once to twice a week for 20 minutes while I’m relaxing (usually taking a bath), and my pores are smaller, my t-zone is less oily and I usually have less breakouts. My skin feels tighter and is visually more glowing–as if my dull outer layer of skin is gone and the mask has revealed new baby fresh skin. I love this mask. But $69 for 1.7 ounces is pretty rough. And being a product junkie I am always looking for a new favorite to dethrone the old.

I tried a sample of Origin’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores. While it was on it felt eerily similar to the Glamglow mask. I eagerly awaited results. This mask is only $27 for 3.4 ounces! Economically much more of a steal. But much to my chagrin the results just weren’t the same. My skin did have that satisfying tightening feeling, but otherwise the results were lackluster in comparison. My t-zone remained the same and my skin didnt have that nice new skin glow.

On to the next product!

Review: Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial

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I recently received a sample of Korres’ Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial. I have run of out of the Origins night cream I was using so I used this sample for two nights.

The smell was a bit strange. I’m not sure if this was just the sample and if the full size differs? But certainly my sample pod had a weird sort of expire lotion smell to it. As if you had bought a standard unscented lotion and let it sit for years and it absorbed some of the plastic smell. It very vaguely reminded me of plain greek yogurt, but that was not the primary scent I got. Usually smells for face care arent that off putting to me; those weird natural plant smells just dont bother me. But this one felt like a kind of synthetic smell and I was more bothered by it than normal.

I liberally applied this on my face and neck and went to sleep. The next morning there was still a distinct layer on my face. I washed it off and went about my day. This sleeping “facial” did fine but nothing fantastic. Yes, my face felt moisturized but nothing substantially more than what I get with other products. I personally am not a big fan of the next morning still having a distinct layer of moisturizer on my face–it makes me feel like it didnt seep into my skin.

This sleeping facial was a perfectly fine product, but for $46 dollars I won’t be purchasing the full size.

Off to the next product adventure!

An honest review of Baby Foot

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Baby Foot is a product that claims it can make your feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s foot. But does it really work? I’ve done this twice over the past ~8 months and my answer is yes this works pretty dang well. Plan accordingly before starting as you probably wont want to be wearing sandals or flip flops for 1-2 weeks.

My second time around I found it was far more effective when I did a few extra things:

  • Definitely soak your feet before using Baby Foot! I washed them then let them soak for about 15 minutes.
  • Leave Baby Foot on for longer than recommended. The directions say an hour, but the second time I did 80 minutes and found it to be more effective.
  • Soak your feet every day! Peeling wont start for a few days (in my case it started at 5 days after applying the Baby Foot gel), but continue to soak your feet every day.
  • Do not apply lotion to your feet during the peeling process. It may be dry and feel a bit uncomfortable but the results are worth it. Lotion will just hydrate the dead skin that you are trying to slough off!
  • The instructions say don’t pick but honestly you have to pick a bit to get the clumps of skin off.

I would definitely recommend this product overall; my feet are in better shape than any pedicure I’ve paid much more for. The only thing is if you have a particularly rough callous 1 round of Baby Foot may not totally remove it. I have one on my right big toe and 1 round of Baby Foot reduced the roughness significantly, but ultimately it is still a callous and noticeable compared to my baby soft skin everywhere else.  The website indicates you can wait 2 weeks and do a second round of Baby Foot for stubborn spots like this; I’ve never tried that as a small callous doesn’t bother me.

I bought my Baby Foot products from Amazon and Walmart (I would recommend the former as my credit card info was stolen from the Walmart website apparently pretty easily); you can also purchase direct from the Baby Foot website or find a retailer that sells it near you.