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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. 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 31 days in August, I want to try 31 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 31 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’ve 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. Products that work together will always be used in pairs when I own a matching set.
7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud deep Pore Cleansing Hard Drying Mask
Alterna Bamboo Shine Silk-Sleek Brilliance Cream
bliss that’s incredi-‘peel’!
Bodipure Keratin Gloves & Socks
Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair deep conditioning hair cap system
Clinique pep-start eye cream
CoTZ Lightly Tinted SPF 50
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for body – I really enjoy this. It imparts a lovely color (not orange) while gently giving my skin a chemical peel. This pad is huge, so there was plenty of moisture for my entire body. Everything looked great and nothing looked streaky.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad – The one I used for the body did the same thing this one did for my face. It left me with a nice, even color.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum – I can see why so many people love this. It is a very silky serum. My skin looked instantly smoother. That is something I expect from a primer, but it is rare from a serum. This added a boost of hydration to my skin, which is wonderful given how dry my skin is. If this has any long-term effects at all, it might be the power serum everyone claims it is. It has ALA in it, which I already use in toners or peels. That might be slight overkill, but I could always alter the other products I use when I use this.
frank body Original Coffee Scrub
GlamGlow YouthCleanse – I remember trying this before, but I could not remember what I thought. This is a nice cleanser that lathers wonderfully and rinses clean. It gently exfoliates.
goodal Phytowash Yerba Mate Bubble Peeling
Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer
Korres Quercetin & Oak Serum
Lancome Shine Lover sampler French Sourire, Fuchsia in Paris, and Inattendue
Laneige BB Cushion Light
Laura Mercier Candle Glow Concealer & Highlighter
Laura Mercier Candle Glow Sheer Perfecting Powder
Living Proof frizz Conditioner – The first time I used this I thought it was the best I’ve ever tried. While my second use did not leave me with feelings that high, it was still really nice. I mistakenly bought the wrong product when I thought I bought this. Someday, I will buy this. It would be nice to have more time with it to see if each use is closer to what I experienced the first time or the second.
Living Proof frizz shampoo – The first time I used this I thought it was the best I’ve ever tried. While my second use did not leave me with feelings that high, it was still really nice. I mistakenly bought the wrong product when I thought I bought this. Someday, I will buy this. It would be nice to have more time with it to see if each use is closer to what I experienced the first time or the second.
My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird’s Nest Mask – This is a very wet mask that does an incredible job providing moisture. The mask does not move around too much despite how wet it is, so you can move around while wearing this. It claims to firm and while I did notice some ever so slight firming, I noticed my skin looked a lot brighter after using this. I am pleasantly surprised by how affordable this is as I can get 10 for $12.99 at Target. After I use up some of my stockpile, I will definitely grab a pack of these.
organic to green Coco Oil
Oribe Cote d’Azur Body Crème – This is somewhat rich and very moisturizing. It has the wonderful Oribe scent that I adore. While I would never pay full price for this, I would gladly use any samples I get.
Patchology FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Soothing Body Butter – It took the entire 0.12oz packet to do one leg. Yes, it is very rich and very moisturizing. At almost $5 an ounce and the amount of product needed to cover my body, I would not buy this on a regular basis at all. One huge plus is it moisturizes without a sticky or greasy feeling at all. Yet it does not disappear in the skin, which I dislike. In other words, it is an incredible body butter for those willing to lay out the cash.
Redken extreme Megamask Treatment
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner – This seems to work nicely at detangling and softening my hair. It is a little thick for a leave-in, so I can see it weighing some hair down. I have a lot of frizzy hair, so it did not bother me. This is a clarifying leave-in, which I appreciate. Despite its thick texture, it does not seem to leave a lot of residue in my hair. While I still pair this with an oil for frizz, it does help reduce frizz slightly. Those without a lot of frizz could probably use this alone.
SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 Anti-Aging Lipid Replenishment Treatment – This is a beautiful moisturizer that feels so incredibly hydrating. It is thick, but it is not as rich as some. That makes it easy to blend into the skin. My skin still felt hydrated the next morning (I skip my evening face wash when I never leave the house; no sunscreen or makeup). Finding a moisturizer that still works 24 hours in is extremely rare for my dry skin. I think this might be near the top of the best I’ve tried. If I can get a bigger sample of this, I would love that.
Starskin Detoxifying Sea Kelp Leaf Face Mask – This is a little sticky and despite coming in two separate pieces would not stay on my face. The bottom part actually fell off twice in the 20 minutes I had it on. I did feel nice hydration from the serum, but the directions state you should rinse it off. Granted, some of the serum got absorbed into my skin, but I do not like to rinse off a sheet mask when I usually use them to add moisture. Even with rinsing my face, it did provide more moisture. If I wanted a really moisturizing mask, I would not grab this one though. My face did look brighter and less red. There was no difference in the fine lines or firmness, so I assume those benefits come over time if they come at all.
Tatcha Indigo soothing triple recovery cream
TonyMoly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch Mint
Ulta Silky Smooth Body Lotion Morning Whisper
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ulta Definition Powder Foundation
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