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What do you do with all those foil packets you collect? I have so many foil packets and rarely use them, because I prefer not to make snap decisions. Like with everything else I do, I put thought and consideration into product reviews. Trying a foil is a great way to see if your skin reacts to the product, you cannot tolerate the smell, the consistency is annoying, or if there is anything about the product that bothers you. Sampling a foil and thinking you need to have that product in your life is rare, but it does happen. This is most likely to happen with products where you can see instant results. I enjoyed this challenge in February so I want to continue it until I no longer enjoy it. My plan is to try a foil of something new or something I have not used in a long time every single day during a challenge month. To give my skin a break from constant new products, I’ve decided to alternate months. After every month I complete, I will take one month off. Feel free to take part in this challenge with me. If you are a fellow deal shopper, I bet you have a lot of foils stockpiled in your collection.
Trying a foil of the same type of product each day would probably wreak havoc on my skin. Too much change can irritate the skin, and it easier to see how a specific product reacts when you are not introducing new items to that area too often. I will be trying different types of products throughout the month. My skin is sensitive so I try not to introduce new (wet) products to my face more than once a day. When I try a new sheet mask, foundation, serum, eye cream, etc, I make sure everything else I apply that day is something I’ve used before. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend you do that as well to know what is causing irritation should you react to something. Since there are 30 days in April, I want to try 30 new products via foils this month. On any day where I run out of a full or sample size skincare item I am already using and do not have a backup of the same item or an item I’ve used in the past, I will try a foil of a new hand cream, hair product, body lotion, etc.
The 30 products I’ve selected for this month are below. What is great about some of these foils is I have bigger sizes of them. This challenge can help me see if any are worth opening or if I should just donate or gift them. Those I am unsure about can go into a maybe pile. As I use them, I will edit in my first impressions. They will not necessarily be used in the order listed. I want freedom to grab whatever item I want each day and write about the products when I choose to. Some foils are big enough for multiple uses so I may come back and edit more detailed reviews if I notice anything else from extended use. We’ll see how my skin reacts to the changes, because I am usually pretty consistent with skincare. Other than hand creams, hair products, and lip balms, I usually only have one type of product open at a time.
I realize sheet masks are technically not foils since they are usually full-priced items I purchased. Including them in this challenge is the best way for me to make sure I use them. In the past year, I’ve purchased countless masks, but I barely use them. That needs to change. Shampoo and Conditioner pairs are one foil. They will always be used together when I own a matching set.
Agave Healing Oil – This is the best smelling hair oil I’ve ever tried. I cannot place the scent, but it is beautiful. My hair smells divine when I use this. The oil itself is not as fool-proof as I like. My favorite hair oils do not make my hair look greasy. As long as I am careful and make sure my application is even, I generally get a good result with this. It helps tame the frizz and adds a little shine to my hair, which are the two things I want most from a hair oil. If I could be careful every time, I’d consider buying it. Sadly, my hair sometimes looks oily in patches. While I know that is user error, there are too many where I do not have this problem.
Clinique Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder Bright Pop – This has the consistency between a cream and a powder and might be the answer for someone who prefers not to feel his/her lipstick. While I do still feel it, I find it a lot less drying than a liquid lipstick and a lot less moisturizing than a cream lipstick. Transfer lies between the two as well. It does not fade as fast a cream or last as long as a liquid lipstick. It will leave lipstick on anything that touches your lips. Fading is uneven. I’d stop short of saying it reaches full-blown butthole lip, but it leaves color on the outside of the lips long after its faded in the center. As I still get a decent amount of transfer with this, I will stick to moisturizing lipsticks. I am one of those people who prefers to feel her lipstick. As long as I can feel it, that means it is still providing color and moisture. Once I stop feeling it, I know it is time to reapply. This red shade is stunning though, and I loved the way it looked on me.
Clinique take the day off makeup remover for lids, lashes & lips – This does remove most of my makeup. My test for that is to use micellar water on a cotton pad after my second cleanse. There were small traces left on my cotton. A single pad of micellar water removed the remnants, which is not too bad. I’ve tried first cleanses that require multiple cottons after the second cleanse to get all the makeup off. The only place I do not like this is my eyes. It does not burn or sting as some removers do. When I close my eyes, I cannot see what I am doing and miss too much product. Thus, I prefer an eye makeup remover I can use with my eyes open (at least through the detail part). With this one, I cannot see even with my eyes open. The product gets in my eyes and clouds my vision. This also causes me to use a lot of product to cleanse my eyes. You should never need more for your eyes than your entire face as I did with this.
Dior Addict Lip Glow – This is a pretty comfortable lip balm. My lips feel more hydrated even after it’s gone, and it takes a long time to wear off. It adheres to lips for a moderate amount of time without being overly sticky. There is a beautiful texture, which is similar to some other high-end lip balms. I wish it stayed within my lip lines a little better. The color changing effect is strong, and I end up with bright pink staining around my mouth. It looks like I had a makeout session every time I wear it.
GlamGlow Brightmud – I already know I love this. It has been a long time since I’ve used it and I’ve had these for a while. Even though they come in foils, I bought them and want to use them before they expire.
h2o+ Oasis Water-Infused Hydrating Gel Eye Mask – My under eyes were feeling exceptionally dry so I decided to try these. Surprisingly, given the name of the product, they did not add a lot of moisture. They did almost eliminate my dark circles and what little puffiness I had. I look forward to trying these again on a day when my eyes are more puffy.
Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave – This does give a pretty close shave. It is a lightweight, lubricating lotion designed to penetrate the surface to soften hair (new and regrowth). My skin does feel soft afterward so it does not strip my skin. I have not noticed any ingrown hairs or razor burn either. If I had to name one drawback, it is that it smells “like a man.” Yes, it is a product designed for men so I guess that is okay.
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil – I do appreciate that I can apply this to wet skin and go. When my skin is wet, the lotion just glides on with minimal effort. Thanks to my bath robe, I do not even have to towel off. My skin absorbs whatever the robe doesn’t as I finish my routine. Working moisturizer into dry skin takes more time and effort so this is convenient for those who want to moisturize but do not have as much time. It definitely moisturizes, and I am more than willing to use this in spring and summer when my skin does not need more moisture. While it is not as moisturizing as almost any cream I apply to dry skin right after washing, it works a lot better than any you have to rinse off. It is also nice for people who like to get dressed right away without the feeling of moisturizer that has not yet sunk into the skin bothering them. I am not one of those people, because I love the feeling of moisturizer on my skin.
Julep One-Step Polish Remover Pad – I hate this. It is too small, is not wet enough, one side is almost useless, and takes multiples to remove polish. As I have no other nail polish remover here (the rest is still at my ex’s house) and I have polish needing removal, this is better than nothing.
Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil – I was nervous to try this, because my skin sometimes reacts to avocado. This is an amazing oil though so I am glad I took the risk. It moisturizes so deeply without leaving my skin with a sticky feeling some oils do. My skin glows without looking oily (as most oils make it look).
Karuna Brightening+ Face Mask – This is a really wet mask, which my dry skin soaks up. It is extremely brightening and may be one of the most brightening masks I’ve ever tried. My skin looked and felt incredible so I am in love.
Kate Somerville HydraClear Hydrating Acne Gel – My skin is dry, but I do get occasional hormonal acne on my chin. I used this on my chin instead of my regular moisturizer, and it surprised me when my face did not feel dry and tight. This has a gel like consistency, which is a formula that usually does not provide enough moisture. In order to say it works for reducing acne, I would need a larger sample. At this point, I am only comfortable saying I do not react to it, and it does not irritate or dry out my skin. A lot of these gels work by drying out the pimple and drying out the skin as an unfortunate side effect. It hydrates, soothes skin irritations, and controls shine (granted, I do not really get shiny so I am not the best at testing this one) as promised.
KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask – This would not stay on my lips. It is just too slippery. My lips did feel somewhat more moisturized afterward but only about as much as I get from applying lip balm. The good thing is it is the FIRST lip mask I’ve ever tried where I did not get a whitehead near my lip within a few days of using it. This was an option in the Spring 2018 Box and I am glad I did select it. Finding a lip mask that is comfortable to wear, really makes my lips feel great, and does not give me a whitehead near my lip is my goal. Until I meet all three (of which this only hit one), I am just not into lip masks.
L’Occitane AMANDE Milk Concentrate – This is very moisturizing for a lightweight cream. It definitely has the silky feel it promises. The smell is really nice as well. At $7.14 an ounce, I would not buy this. While it is great, there are cheaper formulas that work just as well or even better. If I got this in a set or at a steep discount, I would happily use it. My body does not need a $50 moisturizer, especially when my all-time favorite is $35 (and I rarely buy that due to the price).
Luvena Feminine Wipes – These type of wipes always scare me, because they can mess with my ph balance. So many things can throw your ph out of balance. While I would never buy a feminine wipe, I try to test the ones I receive as samples or in kits. This one is okay. It did make me feel fresh, and my ph was still in balance within days of using it.
Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion Cocoa Butter – This provides more moisture than applying nothing so I know it works. My biggest issue is you apply this to clean skin in the shower then rinse it off. I do not want to rinse off any of my moisturizers, and there are wet skin moisturizers you do not have to rinse off that moisturize deeper. If you do not have overly dry skin and would rather apply this than nothing at all, you may like this. Of all the ways to apply moisturizer, this is the fastest. Those in a hurry may enjoy this product. It is also nice for people who like to get dressed right away without the feeling of moisturizer that has not yet sunk into the skin bothering them. I am not one of those people, because I love the feeling of moisturizer on my skin.
Olay 2-in-1 daily facial cloth – This lathers extremely well. It is thinner than most makeup wipes, but it is also longer. There is plenty of surface space to remove all the dirt and makeup from skin. I always use a separate eye makeup remover so I cannot speak for how well this works on the eyes. On my face, it leaves it feeling clean without feeling tight and dry. No leftover makeup comes off with my toner after using this either (although I use this as my second step after a cleansing oil instead of a 2-in-1 as intended). My favorite thing about this is you activate it with water. That means these would probably last forever and you never have to worry about them drying out as some makeup removing wipes do.
OUAI Anti-Frizz Hair Sheet – I really do love this, but it is more than I would pay at full-price. Unless I can get these on sale or in a set, I will probably pass. They really do tame frizz and leave hair looking shiny without looking greasy (as long as you do not pass over the same area too many times). Over the years, I have just come to expect that I will never have sleek hair. Accepting that saves me a lot of money.
Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner – This is a thick leave-in that does help with detangling. It is not the best, but it definitely detangles better than using nothing at all. My hair does feel softer when I use this so I think it does help add moisture into the hair. I do like this better when I wear my hair wavy/curly, which is the recommended way. That said, it still works fine when I wear my hair straight/wavy.
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 24K Gold Intensive Wrinkle Sheet Mask – I have no clue how many treatments it would take before this mask delivers on its promise to minimize the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles. It definitely delivers on its promise to illuminate and hydrate. Considering that this is nowhere near as wet as some of the other masks I’ve tried, it actually surprised me how well it hydrated my skin. My skin looked so bright and felt deeply hydrated after removing it. This mask is not cut the best, and I could not get it to conform properly to my face. Around my chin, it kept lifting. As a result, my chin was not as moisturized or as illuminated as the rest of my skin.
Sephora Argan hand mask – I put these on my hands right before sleeping. As I wake up every few hours to pee, I probably had them on for about 3 hours. For the rest of the day and part of the following day, my hands felt softer than they usually do. These would be great before an event or time when you really need your hands to look and feel their best. Using hand cream after each wash is cheaper and more effective than using only this. Because I apply hand cream after every wash, I cannot say how long this would last for people who don’t.
Sephora Lavender foot mask – This was refreshing and slightly cooling. It definitely made my feet feel softer and more moisturized. I love how relaxed I felt while these were on. After removing them, I slathered them in foot cream. They felt more moisturized than usual the next morning.
Sephora Shea hair sleeping mask – I wash my hair every other day. The night before my next scheduled wash, I applied this to dry hair. After that, I put my hair in the cap it provides and went to sleep. When I woke up the next morning, the cap had fallen off, and my hair was crunchy. The directions say you can wash your hair if needed and that was my original plan, but after thinking about it, I decided not to. Unless this product magically penetrates the hair shaft, wouldn’t washing it before seeing what it can do effectively wash the money spent on it down the drain? That is something to ponder with these dry hair masks. So, I decided to just rinse it out without washing my hair. Considering it was a day I needed a hair wash, this was a risky move. After rinsing it out, I also decided to forgo my usual wet hair routine, which consists of 4-5 products, a scalp spray, a detangler, an oil for frizz fighting, a split end mender, and a volumizer (which is the 5th one that I only use on occasion).
That means I used this mask on a day my hair needed a wash and applied absolutely nothing over it. It was partly because I wanted to see what the mask could do, but I also thought putting the added products on hair that was already “dirty” might have been a little excessive. Does my hair look perfectly clean? No, but that was a given. However, it does look a lot less oily than it usually does if I try to skip an extra day without washing. My hair also looked a little more frizzy than usual, but I did not apply any products. As someone who always applies products, it is hard to hold the frizz against the new item. My hair is frizzy without oils (and sometimes even with them).
The most surprising aspect was how full my hair looked. Even with a volumizer, my hair does not usually look this full. That backs up its claim that it performs without weighing the hair down. My hair was definitely softer and more flexible than usual, promised. I cannot say it lived up to the visibly more beautiful promise, but again, I did not wash it or add anything to it on a day where it needed both. While I will continue to use products like this I receive in kits, I would not purchase them on their own. I would rather apply them to clean hair to make sure they can do. Sure I could wash my hair, let it dry, and then apply this. Then rinse it out in the morning. That would probably be the best way to use this type of mask, but it seems like more effort than using a traditional mask you apply to wet hair. I will probably stick to the traditional ones.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate – It is way too hard to offer a valid review on a serum from a foil sample. I know I did not react to it, and that it is thicker than most serums. That thickness works great with my dry skin, because it is an extra boost of moisture. If it does all the things it promises, I cannot say. This was nice enough for me to try again at some point to test its claims.
SOO AE Purifying Brightening Peeling Gel – This is the only peeling gel I’ve tried that gets applied to wet skin. If you apply any of the others I’ve used to wet skin, it barely works. While this does not work as well as any of the ones I apply to dry skin, it does work. There is gentle peeling action, which means it does not stick to my baby hairs. My face feels softer and smoother when I use this so I know it is peeling.
Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer – I really liked this as an under eye concealer. It has decent coverage, did not fall deeply into my lines, and stayed nicely hydrated. Those are the three things I want most from a concealer. My under eyes felt so comfortable that I forgot I was even wearing concealer. Too many formulas dry me out. As the day progressed, it did fall into my lines a little, but it was nowhere near that bad. My lines are not fine either. While it is not the most full-coverage concealer I’ve ever used, it covered enough without making me look cakey. For blemishes, it did not really do much at all. This is definitely better at covering blue (under eye) tones than red (acne) tones.
Trish McEvoy Beauty Balm Instant Solutions – This is an excellent BB Cream, but I wish I never tried it. After using it, I looked it up. At $86, I can safely say I will not buy this. It has SPF 35, primes, brightens, evens, hydrates and controls oil. My skin had the healthy, natural look it promised. From far away, it looks like even-toned skin, which is exactly what I want in a BB Cream. I did not set it (my skin is dry though), and it lasted all day. If I had to name one flaw, it is that it shifted a little around my nose (again, I did not set it).
Ulta Whipped Luxe Body Cream Sweet Fantasy – This does a nice job moisturizing, and it smells amazing. It takes a lot of product to work it into my skin. To cover my entire body, I used way more than half of the sample. That is probably over 0.65oz of product, which is too much per use. The body butters from this line moisturize better while using less product so I will stick to the body butters.
Urban Decay Highlighting Fluid – I do like this, but I can see why it is 50% off everywhere. This gives such a subtle glow that you’d need a lot of product to build it up to more than a very natural look. That is mainly because the first application blended away to almost nothing. Thankfully, there was enough in the sample for each color to apply to the top of my cheeks twice. If you want a glow that looks almost like it is coming from you, I think you’d like this. From most angles, you cannot see anything at all. When the light hits it, the subtle highlight shines naturally. You could apply a powder highlight on top for more pop, but I am of the why bother camp. A powder highlight would just cover everything this does. Even though the colors look different before applying, they pretty much look the same once on the face. If you do decide to purchase this, I would only get one. I really do not think they’d look much different from one color to the next even with a heavy application. That said, I only had so much of each color so there was only so much build up I could get.
Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow Primer Potion – I forgot how shimmery this looks. If you wanted a glowy look, you could pop some of this on by itself and go. Unless I have at least five minutes to let this set, I prefer to use a loose powder or skin tone eyeshadow shade to set this before applying shadow on top. That does take away some of its shimmery effect. It also makes eyeshadows easier to blend and increases the likelihood that the shadows will stay crease free. So far, nothing has creased. This is a large sample, but I will report back if I get any creasing before the sample is gone.
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