Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pur Minerals Dark Spot Corrector Primer -4.5 Stars

Brand: Pur Minerals
Line: n/a
Make-up Type: Primer/ Corrector
Origin: USA
Cruelty Free: Yes 

REVIEW Summary:
Price:  2/5 $31 Very Very $$ although I bought mine online for around $12
Size: 4/5 1 oz/30 ml Standard size
Packaging: 3/5 Portable squeeze tube
Scent: N/A
Color/Shade: 5/5 one shade, an orange that blends into skin tone
Texture: 4/5 Smooth, but can be a little slippery
Ease of use: 5/5 Easy. Squeeze, apply, blend
Effect: 5/5 Can be used as primer/base, corrector, or as a foundation itself!
Lastability:  3/5 Average and starts to fade to nothing by end of day
Claim: "Neutralize the look of dark circles, age spots, freckles and uneven skin tone with color-perfecting ingredients. Plus, brighten and firm the skin's appearance while smoothing away the look of lines with clinically proven skin care technology. Vegan friendly. Paraben-free. Gluten-free."

The Verdict:
This is a base/primer that also balances color and covers dark spots- to a degree. It does not completely hide my puffy circles but it does make them less obvious which not much else will do.You can wear under make-up, as concealer, or as foundation itself although it won't stay as long. I would buy again if I could find it for less than $15.
Buy again? Yes.

I bought this for about $12 online which is less than half of retail. This is meant to be used as a base/primer with the added benefit of covering dark spots and uneven color. However, it can be used as a concealer for uneven colored areas, or under eye circles. If yours are as dark and puffy as mine, it won't fix it, but it will make it a bit less noticeable. Lastly, it can be used alone, as a foundation itself, although it has less staying power that way. I would recommend at least a light layer of BB or CC. This does a great job of evening out skin. I still prefer the spray foundation but this is another great option or can be paired with that.
The squeeze bottle could have a thinner tip, but it doesn't spill or burst out. It is decently sized for portability. It has no scent. It can feel slightly slippery and may not last too long alone. It is orange but blends to skin color easily. Overall a must have in my make-up bag.
4.5 Stars, it would be 5 if it stayed on skin longer without sliding off.

Monday, March 2, 2015

REVIEW: VoileVe Eye Gel -2.5 Stars- Better Used For Face Than Eyes

Brand: VoilaVe
Line: n/a
Skin Care Type: Eye Gel
Origin: USA
Cruelty Free: Not addressed, but made by a small company

REVIEW Summary:
Size: 1.7 fl oz (50 ml)
Packaging: 2/5 Plastic container with a tough cap and a pump to distribute
Scent: 5/5 cucumber!
Color/Shade: clear gel
Texture: cold gel
Ease of use: easy. pump out, spread
Effect: 2.5/5 smooth skin but no improvements to eyes
Lastability: 3/5 After 2 weeks it's feeling emptier
Claim: For dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, and bags. Claims to be the best under eye solution for crows feet, dry skin, fine lines, eye bags, sagging eyes.
Ingredients:  Hyaluronic Acid, plant stem cells, aloe, cucumber, Matrixyl 3000, Peptide Complex, MSM
"100% organic ingredients" no parabens
From Amazon Product Page

The verdict:  I used this for 2.5 weeks, every day, twice daily.
Well, it does make my skin feel smoother (the Hyaluronic Acid combined with the aloe and cucumber?) if I add water or toner beforehand. Without moist skin, it just feels sticky and tight, so be sure to add liquid!
My eyes however, are still just as dark purple and puffy as ever. Which is actually what this product is advertised to be for specifically. So, while it DOES make my skin soft and it smells doesn't do a thing for my eyes. In my desperation I will keep using 
this on my eyes- who knows- and update accordingly. 

AFTER: Still Dark Puffy Circles From Hell

Clear Aloe Appearance

The title for this product is actually :
Eye Cream For Dark Circles, Puffiness, Wrinkles & Bags - HUGE 1.7 OZ - Best Under Eye Gel Treatment Solution For Crows Feet, Dry Skin, Fine Lines, Eye Bags & Sagging Eyes - With Plant Stem Cells, Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl 3000, Cucumber, Peptide Complex, Cucumber, Aloe, MSM & More! GET RESULTS or YOUR MONEY BACK!

THE REVIEW: I received the product at no cost plus shipping in exchange for an honest review.
I was looking forward to trying out this eye gel because it claims to correct puffiness and dark circles and I have both as my major skin concern. In big bold purple letters.
It has hyaluronic acid in it as well as aloe and cucumber. All known for smoothing and soothing respectively.
 This comes in a plastic bottle that feels homemade instead of mass produced. The label is a little crooked, the cap doesn't fit so well...i like the thick pump that is hygenic and does not distribute too much.
But the scent: Cucumbers! I love this smell. It smells like cucumber and a little bit of aloe.
The pump bottle distributes a smooth gel like a clear aloe, but feels tacky under eye and can peel when dry.
Before applying to skin, skin should be properly hydrated prior, tacky and tight otherwise, always tacky on eye. You could flood your eye areas and still have sticky eye. Which causes make-up to peel off.
Again, the ingredients are some of the most popular and soothing ingredients together, and it claims to be 100% organic with no parabens. 
Summary: While it does make skin smooth when properly hydrated prior, and it smells great, and it's cruelty did not do a thing for either my dark circles or my puffy under eyes. And it is advertised as an eye gel. I will continue to use on my face and eye area until gone because I do like it as a facial product, but I just can't recommend it for eyes because it did not do a thing to improve mine. However, it does offer a money back guarantee, which can't be said for all products.
Would I buy this as an eye gel? No. Would I buy it for my face? Maybe, if I wasn't actively looking for my dream facial moisturizer/hyaluronic acid serum.


-Hyaluronic Acid makes face feel smoother short-term
-Easy to use squeeze plastic can
-No parabens 

-It does not meet the claims it makes
-Smooth effect on skin is short-term
-Tacky on eye area under or over make-up

Amazon Product Page

REVIEW: OZ Naturals Toner- 3 Stars- Love Spray Method, But No Visible Results

Brand: Oz Naturals 
Line: n/a
Make-up Type:  Spray Toner (Serum base)
Origin: USA
Cruelty Free: Yes
Paraben Free: Yes

REVIEW Summary:
Price:  2/5 $17.49
Size: 5/5 4 fl oz/ 118 ml
Packaging: 5/5 tall spray bottle
Scent: 2/5 A strong stale herbal scent that grows on you oddly enough
Color/Shade: N/A
Texture: 3/5 Feels like water
Ease of use: 5/5 Spray on
Effect: 1/5 No effect
Lastability: 5/5 Large bottle
Claim: Dermatologist grade skin treatment, results guaranteed in 7 days, "Calms Unbalanced Skin - Helps Diminish Fine Lines & Wrinkles For That Healthy, Youthful Glow!"

Full List Of Ingredients: Ingredients (100% Natural): Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Ocean Minerals, Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera), Glycolic Acid, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), aprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Crithmum Maritimum Extract (Sea Fennel Wax), Matrixyl 3000, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L'Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Colloidal Silver, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Hydrosol), Wildcrafted Panax Ginseng (Ginseng), Wildcrafted Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo), Organic Glycyrrhiaz Glabra (Licorice), Organic Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile), Organic Altahaea Officinalis (Marshmallow), Organic Echinacea Purpurea (Echinacea), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Viola Tricolor (Violet), Organic Spilanthes Acmella (Spilanthes), Wildcrafted Stellaria Media (Chickweed), Organic Sambucus Nigra (Elder Flower)

The verdict:  I originally hated the scent, but it's growing on me. It's a stale herb kind of smell, like old old paper. It also feels like water- no tingling, no freshness, but also no stinging or stickiness. My favorite part (10 stars if I could) is that it is a SPRAY toner so easy to use, AND cruelty free and natural. For using serums that require a bee or hydration, one needs a toner, and it does not need to work miracles. I don't expect it to. Unfortunately, this one claims to and thus had to have stars deducted. My skin has not changed, but I do need a toner that is natural and cruelty free and i prefer (now that i have been spoiled by this) a spray. I will not run out for a while, and if i could not find a spray toner that was natural and cruelty free, i would buy this again.
Buy again? Yes.

I received this product at no cost to myself plus shipping in exchange for an honest review.
The package was very basic and impressively so. Tall spray bottle in a shiny box.
Spray bottle?? This is exciting. My main reasons in the past for not using toner have been needing cotton balls or pads and that burning tingle that signifies chemicals. This has that spray bottle and you can spray with no worries; it feels just like water.
It's technically a glycol acid - with no alcohols, no parabens. It has ocean minerals and witch hazel. I suspect the witch hazel may contribute to that stale paper scent. But that grows on me at least...
I used this every day, twice a day with a serum, for 4+ weeks now and I did not notice any improvements to my skin. The natural serum i used with it made it softer for an hour. If this did not make such claims to change skin in just 7 days- or at all- i would give it a better score. I wish it would just claim to be an every day average toner!
 I would LOVE to try their eye gel or hyaluronic acid.

-Cruelty Free!
-No parabens

-Old paper scent
-No change in skin/does not meet claims

To Buy on Amazon