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Esfolio Pearl Essence Mask Sheet

The weather has started to get warmer that it’s pleasant in some of the late mornings to early nights. The nights are still cool that I watch to see if my face needs extra moisture still. Today’s post is on a sheet mask I found at a recent TJMaxx trip. This came in a box of 10 and was on clearance, so I can’t pass it up. Here are my thoughts on the Esfolio Pearl Essence Mask Sheet.

Esfolio Pearl Essence Mask Sheet

First thoughts? The packaging is very cute even though it has a clean look. The scent of this caught my attention. It’s on the strong side and it smells like mix of baby powder and laundry detergent. My husband agrees with this assessment. It does dissipate mostly once the sheet mask is on my face but you can still smell it. The sheet mask is soft and fits my face quite well. The essence clings on the sheet mask really well and it’s more like a gel in terms of viscosity. I just used another sheet mask today and the essence in that is viscous almost like water and this is not like that at all. I left it on my face for a long time until the sheet mask felt dry to the touch that it’s starting to stick to my skin. My skin looks bright after use and I finished it off with the face cream I’ve been using.

Esfolio Pearl Essence Mask Sheet (details on back)

Any negatives? I’m not a huge fan of the gel-like texture of the essence to be honest. This is the most “solid” essence I’ve experienced with a sheet mask. It’s not a big deal but just not as easy to apply. The scent though, I’m not a huge fan and it’s strong but it does dissipate some when on my face. While it’s not a deal-breaker, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this once I use the rest of the box up.

More information on this brand and their other products is available here.


Curtain Call: Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer

Happy Monday! Today’s post is on another Curtain Call entry. I’ve recently finished a tube of this up and opened a new one. Being that this is the third tube I’m on, I think I’m ready to give my thoughts on this. Here’s what I think of the Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer.

Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer

Product description found online:

A targeted cream that visibly reduces the appearance of stretch marks.

How To Use:
Warm product between your palms
Apply using circular massage movements—concentrating on areas where stretch marks form: thighs, hips, abdomen, breasts and lower back
For optimal results, use Body Tonic Treatment Oil in the shower before applying Stretch Mark Minimize
Crowberry extract promotes elasticity
Centella Asiatica and soothes

What I love about this product? The formula is nice and light without a discerning smell. I started using this in conjunction with another Clarins product when I was starting my second trimester in 2018. One of the normal changes that happens during pregnancy is getting stretch marks, usually on the stomach and thigh areas (breasts too for some women). I read up on how to best prevent stretch marks and the thing that is mentioned most is staying well hydrated with water consumption and keeping your skin nicely moisturized. I couldn’t decide between this and the other Clarins product, so I got both and decided to use both at the same time. I have a tiny few stretch marks in my left inner thigh anyway so I decided to start using this more as a preventative action for the ones that will crop up during pregnancy than a solution to my old existing stretch marks. Right after pregnancy, when I had a minute to fully look at my body in a way I couldn’t with a huge belly, I saw that I had almost no new stretch marks at all. I diligently used both Clarins products on my belly and thighs even after pregnancy to help minimize the appearance of the newer stretch marks. Fast forward to 2023, years after giving birth in 2019, I have no visible stretch marks at all that was caused by pregnancy. The tiny ones I got from pregnancy faded over time that they are not noticeable at all. The product is a white body cream that is easy to spread on desired areas. I use this on my thigh and butt area after showering for the most part. A little goes a long way — one of these tubes last me for about a year and a half or so BUT I only apply it to my thigh and butt areas (and a little on the stomach) as mentioned earlier. And while this product worked really well for me, everyone’s body chemistry is different. I would hope that whatever makes this work for me will work for everyone across the board, but results may vary.

What I don’t like about this product? It is not as readily available as I’d like it to be and is kind of pricey. Checking my email on a previous order of this item from Sephora in 2018, this 6.8 oz / 200 ml tube retailed for $56 before tax. Right now, it’s out of stock in a lot of online retailers where Clarins products are sold.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

DEWYTREE Moisture Charging Collagen Cream

Even though Spring will be here very soon, I am still knee deep in with my winter skincare products. The weather a few days ago got quite cold and made me glad that I do have skincare products that suits such conditions. My skin is therefore protected and unaffected by the crazy swing in temperatures we may have during winters. Today’s blog post is on the DEWYTREE Moisture Charging Collagen Cream.

DEWYTREE Moisture Charging Collagen Cream

What I love about this product? This is another random find from TJMaxx that was on clearance for $6. I was actually on the look out for an essence or serum but found this for a steal instead. The text on the box states “Hydrolyzed collagen, peptides and nourishing ingredients promote skin elasticity and revitalize.” and “DIRECTIONS: After essence water or emulsion, simply apply to the face and pat gently for better absorption.” The scent isn’t too strong in my opinion but it is very much there. It smells like what a face cream should smell like to me. I know it’s not very descriptive enough to be helpful but I like it. The cream is flesh colored and on the thick side but very easy to apply onto the face. I do find that my skin absorbs this decently well. It keeps my face well moisturized overnight and/or all through the day. I use this everyday in my AM and PM skincare routine for about 4 months now and like it a lot.

What I don’t like about this product? I don’t have a regular source for this here within the US. Since I got this from TJMaxx, the stock there is very random. If I ever see this again there, I would gladly snap it up for a reasonable price.

More information on this brand and their other products is available here.

COSRX Balancium B5 D-Panthenol Cream

It’s February! A brand new month, a brand new start. Giving sheet masks a break, I’ll be blogging on a few products that I’ve been trying and some that I have actually used up by now. Here’s what I think of the COSRX Balancium B5 D-Panthenol Cream.

COSRX Balancium B5 D-Panthenol Cream

What I love about this product? I randomly picked this up from TJMaxx as it was on clearance for $5. I figured this is a good product as an introduction to this new-to-me brand. Their website states “Clean moisturizer with intense effect of D-panthenol” and “What it is: Daily multi-functional cream to hydrate & strengthen the barrier of skin.” I do not detect a smell with this really aside from possibly an unscented scent if you know what I mean. Some products claim to be unscented but it actually has a scent that’s just quite light and very close to being unscented. My husband can spot those so to him this does have a scent. Why is my husband mentioned in this post? Cause while I did use it a few times, it ultimately ended up being a face moisturizer for my husband during the cold winter season. He dislikes scents more than I do but find this acceptable to use as it is quite the effective moisturizer for his dry winter skin. Whenever he feels like his face is dry or sees a patch of dry skin on face, he applies a little bit of this and goes on his merry way. As for my short-lived experience, I got this during the end of summer and it wasn’t the right face cream for me to use at the time. It was a bit too moisturizing for summer so this is best as a winter face cream for us. The cream itself isn’t very thick but it’s thicker than a face moisturizer. The consistency is kind of gel-like, which applies very easily on the face.

What I don’t like about this product? While my husband and I got to try this for just $5, a 1.69 fl oz / 50 ml squeeze tube retails for $26. While we like how it fared during the winter, I’m not sure if I’m willing to get this again at full-price.

More information on this brand and their other products is available here.

The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream

The last day of the first month of 2023! Time sure flies by fast. This was a productive month for me. I managed to catch up on the regular household chores, got a bunch of pictures printed off Costco before they ended their photo printing services and started our son on playing with play money and understanding basic addition and subtraction. Today’s blog post is on a hand cream I’ve been reaching for recently. Here’s my take on the The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream.

The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream

What I love about this product? I’ve had this for a while and have been using it on an off as needed. What I like about their hand creams is that isn’t as greasy as other hand creams I’ve tried from other brands. There’s a tiny hint of grease that’s just enough to keep your hand moisturized during winter but doesn’t leave it feeling there’s any oiliness at all. I find it a little bit too much for summer where I am but it’s good for the rest of the year. I prefer this scent instead of their other rose scent, British Rose. It does smell like rose and is not too synthetic — a win in my book. It’s a little pricey to me at $7.50 for 30 ml / 1 fl oz but not bad if you feel like getting it as a treat for yourself or someone else.

What I don’t like about this product? While I initially liked how the packaging looks, I dislike it greatly. Sure, the metal tube looks sleek and cool in my hands but it can actually produce sharp folds and edges over time and in turn leak out product.

More information on this brand and their other products is available here.

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