Here’s another edition of Curtain Call. Today’s post is on the derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub. I got this item out of my ipsy May 2014 Glam Bag last year but have used it all up recently.
What I love about this product? First, it has a clean scent. The formula consists of very fine particles for scrubbiness that are white in color. It’s very, very scrubby. It’s fine for me but I think those with sensitive skin will not be able to use it (or if they do, very sparingly and rarely). It works really, really well for an at-home microdermabrasion. My skin is unbelievably soft and smooth. I have used it as much as every 2-3 days but it works even if you use it every week or few weeks or so.
What I don’t like about this product? The price. $32.50 gets you 2 oz / 56 g. That’s kinda steep for that I think but it does work so if you have the money and are willing to spend on it then go ahead.
Happy 4th of July to my readers in the US! I hope you’re all having a good time this weekend. Today’s post is a scheduled one as I am spending time with my cousins in Philly for this short holiday. Here’s another segment of Curtain Call and this time it’s on take on the Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream.
This face cream comes in a small white screw top plastic tub container. I threw away the box already so we’ll just go with the description on the website:
“Reviva Labs now offers a new answer to helping firm, tighten and “lift” skin with DMAE…as Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C Ester fight free radicals and future skin aging. As a special Reviva boost, this dramatic trio is encased in a soy liposome for deeper, time release action during the night. Allantoin and Aloe Vera are added to soothe and calm stressed skin, contributing to a healthy, vibrant glow. For supple, more youthful looking skin, it’s another major advance in the battle against skin aging. Benefits: helps improve skin tone and glow as its powerful antioxidant action fights free-radical damage. As your body rests during the night, you have hours of uninterrupted replenishing nutrients that help tighten and “lift” skin to treat the effects of time as it helps fight future skin aging.”
It is described on the side of the jar with the following:
“Contains the powerful antioxidant Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C Ester, also features DMAE for firming action, this multifaceted formula helps tighten, firm and tone facial skin, as it fights future signs of aging. All 3 key ingredients are blended into a special soy liposome for deeper absorption.
A dramatic nutrient complex, this formula helps skin look younger and helps protect against future skin damage.”
The other side of the jar states the following directions: “Use at night. Apply lightly over entire face & throat. (Massage with upward movements)”
What I love about this product? The formula is extremely light. It goes on smoothly and my skin immediately absorbs it. I didn’t get to fully test this product because of a funny story really. I was about 3 weeks in using this face cream when I spent last Christmas over at my in-laws place. Amidst all the presents and such, I thought I must’ve misplaced the face cream I was using cause I couldn’t find it the day I was leaving. It also crossed my mind that maybe my dog took it. Feeling reassured that I must’ve packed it somewhere with all the stuff we were taking back with us, I left and figured I’d find it at home. Fast forward to 2 months ago. My MIL was telling me that the face cream she got for Christmas was awesome. I gave her a few and asked her which one it was and she sent me a picture of it. I laughed when I saw it cause that’s the missing face cream. And boy, she sang high praises for it that I made sure ULTA carries it and told her that so she could get it once it runs out. She loves how it doesn’t feel greasy on her face and she told me she really felt a difference in it and that it’s just a good face cream overall. She ran out of it last time I saw her which is 2 weeks ago. Using it once a day and lasting for a little over 6 months is impressive. I am sold on this because not only I liked it during the short time I got to use it but my MIL loved it as well. I remember the face cream being unscented and that’s another huge plus in my book. The jar it comes in clearly states “PARABEN FREE”.
What I don’t like about this product? Nothing at all! This is one of my favorite face creams from this brand when taking my short experience and my MIL’s full experience into consideration.
This item retails for about $23 and is available on their website as well as on other retailers.
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
Here’s another segment of Curtain Call. The product up for evaluation and review this time is ProfilePRO Customized Shampoo & Conditioner. I was sent this for review after answering some basic questions about my hair.
A set of 50 ml / 1.7 fl oz retails for $15 online. The full size set of 300 ml / 10.1 fl oz retails for $38 on auto delivery or $49 one time or if you just want the full size shampoo or conditioner it’s $24 on auto delivery or $29 one time. The trial size set lasted me for 8 days. With my long hair, that’s to be expected really. The front text reads “Kitty’s Shampoo” and “Kitty’s Conditioner” with a custom formula ID printed out along with the custom scent. The label looks very nice. The back of the bottle reads the following:
“Customized for the Hair Type, Hair Texture, Hair Behavior, Scalp Conditioner and Scent specified by
Apply generous amount to wet hair and massage into hair and scalp. Lather and rinse.
Apply to freshly washed hair concentrating mostly on the ends. Leave for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well.”
Verdict? The biggest difference that I noticed is definitely on the first use. My hair felt squeaky clean without being drying after shampooing. I applied the conditioner and left it in for a few minutes before rinsing it off. My hair felt soft and well conditioned after air drying. It was a mild enough formula that I was able to use it daily (I rarely skip a day due to how greasy my scalp can be especially during the summer months) even when the formula is a little bit on the cleansing side for me. The scent isn’t overpowering and isn’t quite a true jasmine scent to me but very close. It doesn’t smell too artificial in my opinion. The scent does linger a bit but it’s very light. Talking about texture, the shampoo is a little bit more viscous than most shampoos I’ve tried. Not watery at all really…just not as thick in texture. The conditioner is of the typical texture that most conditioners have. I found that the conditioner lasted longer for me than the shampoo by a day (so 9 days for conditioner). The one thing I am disappointed with is at the price point it is selling for — you would think that the labels are waterproof. This is not the case. While the sticker labels remained on the bottles in my shower stall (it lifted on the sides but remained stuck on the bottles), the ink started to run as the days pass by. With all that laid out, I don’t see myself placing an order for this. While the customization is nice, I don’t find it too different from the shampoos I’m using currently to justify what it costs. I would say that there’s no hurt in trying it at least once to see if it works for you. Everyone’s hair is different and someone else’s customized shampoo and conditioner may turn out to be their Holy Grail shampoo and conditioner. You just never know. If you do try it, I hope your results are exponentially better than mine.
This product can easily be purchased on their website here.
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
Hey guys! Today’s post is on something I’ve been using for a little over a week now. I’m sad that it’s all gone! Here’s my take on Philosophy Melting Marshmallow Body Lotion.
At 60 ml / 2 fl oz, this size comes in a set I got on sale last Holiday season. It’s part of a Macy’s exclusive set for this scent. I don’t think this was ever released at the regular size because if it does then please let me know so I can hoard some! The front of the tube reads “philosophy: when you think of melting marshmallows, picture toasted marshmallows over a crackling fire, or melting in a cup of double rich hot cocoa.”
The website described it as the following:
“Savor life’s sweetness. This marvelous collection celebrates the magic of melting marshmallow, in all its ooey-gooey glory! Dive into melting marshmallow shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath, moisturize with melting marshmallow body lotion and prep your pout with melting marshmallow high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine. “Mmm” says it all.”
Verdict? Holy crap! This smells so darn good! If you’re one that likes chocolate-y scents then you will love this one! It doesn’t smell like the fake chocolate scent you’d get from body products sometimes. My husband tried to guess what it is and mentioned peanut butter which I told him he’s on the right track. Our dog loves this scent as well. He did a drive by lick on my leg one day that totally caught me off guard. LOL! I do keep this high up so that he can’t get to it or else it’s such a waste of a good product and I’d be worrying about him consuming something he shouldn’t have in the first place! This is the first Philosophy body lotion I’ve ever tried. As much as I love this product I must say that I find myself using more of it than I expected. I think my skin absorbs the lotion really fast so I guess you can see this as both a good and a bad thing. Good cause the formula is made to be absorbed by the skin fast. Bad cause it feels like I’m using more in terms of amount than I would with body lotions from other brands. The body lotion is a creamy white in color that’s slightly translucent in terms of color opacity. Texture is just about as I would expect from a body lotion.
This is sadly not part of their permanent line so your best bet to find it is in some discount stores like ROSS or TJMaxx. That’s the only place I’ve seen that carries discontinued Philosophy products at a discounted price. I really do hope they bring this back in a few months for the Holidays!
Here’s the second part of a skincare set from Physicians Formula that I’ve used. I got it as part of my Physicians Formula #PFGoBronze Contest Prize a year and a half ago. Here’s my take on the Physicians Formula Intensive Wrinkle Corrector Eye Cream.
At 0.5 fl oz / 14 g, this retails for $19.95 when sold separately. It’s a little bit high but eye creams from trusted brands do fall in this price range. It’s also not something widely offered by drugstore brands. You can get this in a set of 3 though for a cheaper overall price. This product is described as the following:
“Potent cream targets the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area. Moisturizing formula boosts elasticity and firmness to improve the appearance of crow’s feet and puffiness. Illuminating properties improve the appearance of dark circles.”
Verdict? I started using this around February last year. It ran out last December, just a few days after I ran out of the Wrinkle Corrector & Firming Moisturizer, so that means it lasted me for about 10 months with daily use. That’s not bad really. The packaging is simple and sleek. I use it once in the morning as I’m getting ready for the day and right before I go to bed. I just gently push the pump to get the desired amount onto my fingertip and gently dab it on my under eye area. The product itself is a very pale purple — just like the color of the bottle packaging. It goes on very light and the scent is pleasant as with the day and night moisturizers from the set. It absorbs pretty quick into the skin on that area. As for the wrinkle claims….I don’t really see any difference but I don’t really have any wrinkles there yet. Maybe it will help as a preventative measure? It does the job of an eye cream though.
This product can easily be purchased on their website here or at various retailers such as ULTA, Kmart, Walgreens, and Walmart.