Beauty Product Reviews

Amazing for Puffiness

This is not the most flattering (for me) story I could tell on the internet, but it really demonstrates the effectiveness of this serum so here goes. I had a stye recently and I woke up one morning with my eye so puffy I looked like Quasimodo. The way I had been sleeping combined with the swelling from the stye made it look like there was a marble under my skin right below my eye, and my lid was puffing out a lot as well. I thought, well Wake Up Eye Serum, show me what you got, and WOW! The size had reduced by half in about 5 minutes, and by the time I got to work that day you could barely tell that anything was weird about my eye. Thank goodness for this serum!

Not only did it deflate my extreme puffiness that day (and general puffiness every day) but it feels so good going on! I used to use the Caffeine Solution from The Ordinary and I really didn't like how runny it is, I felt like I had to rush to get it from my hand to my eye before it all dripped down and away. This texture is thick but not too thick, and absorbs pretty quickly without feeling sticky.

I also can't say enough good things about the packaging, these bottles also have a really nice stopper that keeps the dropper from being messy on the outside when you pull it out, and also prevent me from banging it against the sides of the bottle too. It does have a little leeway though so you're not gonna be prevented from sucking up all the serum once it starts getting low. I also really appreciate that the labels are all different colors, so I'm not getting all the products mixed up when grabbing at a glance in my cabinet.

Such a good product, such good design!

Fantastic No Rinse Cleanser

I love micellar waters and trying new ones, and Caudalie's is one of my favorites! I had high hopes since I really love Caudalie as a whole and it did not disappoint. One of the standout features is the pump, it works really well and makes it much easier to control how much product goes onto the cotton pad. The flip caps that are typically found on micellar waters are also really prone to breaking, so I love this sturdy pump that can twist to lock.

As for the product inside, it has a natural fresh scent that is not heavy at all and makes the cleansing experience really pleasant. Like most micellar waters, I know I have to double cleanse to remove really heavy long-wear lipstick and mascara, but it removes face makeup and eyeshadow easily and is great for a one-step cleanse when I'm not wearing a full face.

It's not drying, but doesn't leave any "moisturizing" residue at all, just soft clean skin. Like with all micellar waters, I love that I don't have to rinse anything off, I always end up splashing water and dripping everywhere when I try to rinse my face in the sink. This makes the process quick and easy and my skin feels great!

I have a lot of scented candles, fancy and less-fancy, and I find that there are a lot that are either too strongly scented, too lightly scented, or just don't burn well. Jo Malone strikes the perfect balance of fragrance in their candles, and Mimosa & Cardamom is my new favorite scent!

The fragrance: Cardamom seems to be a little bit of a love it or hate it scent/taste, but I love it in Persian and Middle Eastern desserts and foods, so I was really excited about this scent. It's slightly warm and nutty without being overwhelming, and the mimosa lifts it and gives a little bit of a white floral top note. A great balance of not-too-food-like, and not spicy, but not purely floral either. I think for that reason it works well in any room!

The candle: As long as you follow the directions and burn it until the wax melts to the edge of the jar before extinguishing, this candle will last a really long time. It usually takes about 2-3 hours for me to get to that point, so this is not a candle you want to burn for just a short amount of time or light if you know you're not going to be around for it to melt enough. If you extinguish it and it leaves a dip in the center of the wax because it didn't melt to the edge, you're going to have a very hard time getting the wax to melt all the way to the glass again in the future and it will start tunneling down.

The good thing is, you can leave it burning for hours and the smell doesn't become overwhelming, and comes through cleanly. I have never experienced it sputtering or smoking, and I haven't had any smoke marks appear on the glass either. This is a really great high-quality candle, and I love using candles as a way to enjoy fragrance in my home without having to wear perfume, since I am actually somewhat sensitive to it!

My favorite shampoo and conditioner from the line, they leave my hair feeling more moisturized but not weighed down. I don't know if this would be enough moisture for extremely dry hair, but I find that none of the other R+Co shampoos or conditioners were quite enough moisture for my medium thickness long hair (with some damage at the ends). I notice a little less frizz and flyaways when I use the shampoo and conditioner together, which is great. My spouse loves it for their curly hair too!

Atlantis has a pleasant scent, even though there are 1 or 2 other R+Co fragrances that I slightly prefer (shout out to Relative Paradise!). The scent lingers in my hair while it's damp but dissipates once my hair dries.

The shampoo is easy to work in and does create a bit of suds, but not over-the-top bubbles and foam. It rinses out easily. I haven't tried it paired with any other conditioners, but I love how the Atlantis duo work together!

My favorite shampoo and conditioner from the line, they leave my hair feeling more moisturized but not weighed down. I don't know if this would be enough moisture for extremely dry hair, but I find that none of the other R+Co shampoos or conditioners were quite enough moisture for my medium thickness long hair (with some damage at the ends). I notice a little less frizz and flyaways when I use the shampoo and conditioner together, which is great. My spouse loves it for their curly hair too!

Atlantis has a pleasant scent, even though there are 1 or 2 other R+Co fragrances that I slightly prefer (shout out to Relative Paradise!). The scent lingers in my hair while it's damp but dissipates once my hair dries.

The conditioner is creamy but also light, and spreads through my hair like a dream. It moisturizes well even when I don't have time to leave it in very long, but when I do have time to let it sit a few extra minutes then my hair feels extra quenched. I haven't tried it paired with any other shampoos, but I love how the Atlantis duo work together!

Great Product, Great Design

I can't resist a mini, so I picked up this smaller size of Ka-Brow to try out and be able to keep in my purse for brow emergencies. While it is small, you still get a lot of product, it's half the size of the regular Ka-Brow, and the brush size looks like it's the same. I think the main difference in the two containers is that the pot end is skinnier on the mini. A little goes a long way, so I can see this lasting a really long time. Plus, my other brow pomades usually dry out before I can finish them anyway, so actually the smaller size is better in my opinion!

The brush is pretty soft, not my favorite brow brush but gets the job done neatly. I've also used a full sized brow brush with this and it fits inside the container fine to pick up the product. I really like that everything you need is in a container about the size of a lipgloss, if only they could stick a spoolie in there somewhere this would be pretty perfect!

The color lasts all day without feeling heavy at all, which is so important because I'm usually very likely to rub or scratch my brow tails off if I'm using something not so long lasting. I also think the colors are great, natural brow tones that enhance your brow without looking like too much, and you can build the color without rubbing off what your first layer if you need it to be more intense in a particular area. So happy I got this!

I have been a religious user of salicylic acid for as long as I've had acne, which is a long time. Now I wonder if that's just because that was all that's been available? I tried this serum aiming for reducing my oiliness and blackheads, but with just a couple uses I've been so impressed with how it is treating my regular monthly breakout!

It feels smooth going on and doesn't irritate or sting at all, and doesn't leave a feeling of a residue on my skin like some other treatments. The packaging recommends leaving it without any moisture over top, which hasn't been a problem because it's not drying. I haven't used it long enough to comment on the blackheads yet, but combined with the Pai Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream in the mornings my skin has felt significantly less oily and I've watched my blemishes healing in record time. I can't wait to see how much my skin improves as I continue to use it!

Gentle and effective exfoliation

Exfoliation is really important but can also be a delicate balance between healthy exfoliation and over-exfoliation, which can really damage your skin. This gentle scrub is great because it is designed for sensitive skins but is still very effective.

The texture is described as gel, but it is a bit thicker and stickier than I initially expected, a little bit like honey. Because of that, I like to use a generous amount so I can warm it up in my fingers a little before applying to dry skin, if you are too sparse with it it will be hard to spread. However once you start massaging it in you can definitely feel the beads doing their work, and as you warm it up it glides more easily. I also like that the formula isn't runny or crumbly, so all the jojoba beads stay on your face instead of falling off.

Once you add a bit of water, the gel quickly emulsifies into a milky texture and you get a final burst of exfoliation as you massage to transform the gel and the beads are still present, then everything rinses away cleanly and quickly. My skin is left soft and comfortable, not overly stripped!

I love a cleansing oil, and this one is one of my favorites! I love that the thin texture glides over my skin easily and a little goes a long way, it doesn't take a lot of work to spread. This is also great because then you aren't tugging on your skin while trying to remove makeup or cleanse, which can lead to more damage down the road. It has a slight cooling sensation but not in an irritating or tingly way, and doesn't irritate the eyes at all. It is great for any skin type, so no need to be afraid if you have oily skin like me, it doesn't leave you any oilier.

In case you are unfamiliar, you want to apply this to dry skin (this is key) and massage until all your makeup has dissolved. Then you wet your hands and apply a little water at a time until it emulsifies and turns milky, then you can rinse it away clean. It doesn't leave any residue and cleans super effectively and gently without drying out the skin. I don't use a second cleansing step, because it works so well on it's own!

Gentle and effective no-rinse cleanser

I'm a huge fan of Eau Thermale Avene, so when I ran out of my previous micellar water I decided to give this one a try. Like most micellar waters, I love the way it easily cleans and removes makeup without having to rinse with water or leaving any oily residue. It's not drying either, and I really enjoy the faint smell it has that I've come to associate with Avene.

Simply open the flip cap and use the small opening to saturate a cotton pad and glide over the skin, it removes my eyeliner and mascara quickly, as well as liquid lipsticks. When I use it to remove lipsticks it does have a little bit of a taste that lingers on my mouth if I accidentally lick my lips afterwards, but that's the only thing I dislike about it. On days I use this to cleanse but am not wearing makeup, I can still see the dirt and oil that is removed on my cotton pad and it's so satisfying!

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