Is this $125 Detox Night Cream Worth It?
Hey Cherie Fam 🍒 I have been doing makeup looks and raving about my recent make up purchases lately. I thought it’s time to give the skin care products I’ve been loving lately some attention. You know that you can’t have great makeup unless you have great a great makeup base aka having a great skin care routine. I received Grown Alchemist Detox Night Cream on my November premium box from Boxycharm. I have a somewhat strict skin care routine and I am skeptical introducing a new product to my routine. I researched this brand thoroughly and read hundreds of reviews online. I also examined the ingredient list. Grown Alchemist is founded by brothers who discovered ground breaking research that proved the continuous use of natural ingredients. They developed formulas with a unique synergy between biology and cosmetic chemistry. Their headquarters are located in Melbourne, Australia. (Source: website) The detox night cream is described as a detoxifying cream formulated with peptide-3, echinacea vitamins, hyaluronic acid and essential omega fatty acids such as reishi extract. This product claims to regenerate the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles resulting in radiant and youthful looking skin. This product retails for $125 USD for 40ml. #Grown Alchemist - Detox Night Cream[products]# I actually really like this product. I use it with my DE framboos and The Ordinary virgin marula oil at night. I noticed my skin is a lot more glowy and I have less pores and brighter skin when I wake up in the morning. It has a thick consistency, but doesn’t feel heavy and has a scent similar to roses. I am actually not a fan of the smell because I prefer no fragrance. I think this is the perfect night cream especially during the winter months. However, I will not be repurchasing when I run out. While I am a fan of this product and think it works well, I don’t think it’s worth $125 for a 40ml. There are cheaper alternatives in the market with the same ingredients. If money isn’t an issue to you, then I say go for it! I saw a huge difference within a week. It’s just not in my budget unfortunately. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum The Ordinary - 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil Conclusion: Great product and I saw a difference within a week, but it’s too pricy and will not re-purchase because there are alternative brands in the market with the same ingredients for a fraction of the price. Xoxo, Francesca 💋
Dec. 30, 2020
🥰About to try something 🆕🥳
NEIBOURHOOD BOTANICALS - The Daily Glow Facial Oilhas been on my radar after a friend raved about it during a exceptionally long FaceTime call. I saw it on sale and decided to purchase it. I was running out of my two facial oils -The Ordinary - 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil and The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil - and maybe I need to try something new. I’m hoping it lives up to the hype!
Empties: Which one will I repurchase next year?
I have finally gotten through a few bottles of The Ordinary’s products I purchased a few months ago and I can honestly say I am still a huge fan of The Ordinary. They have such affordable skincare and it really does work. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 was a great addition to my skin care and it is a product I would definitely keep buying for many years to come. The Ordinary - 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil was great as well and with little fragrance. It is also a product I can appreciate and would definitely repurchase. I am having an issue with The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' that I can’t really understand. When I first started using I saw the effects of it within the week. I loved it and I stood behind this product until about 6 weeks after using it. I felt as though it wasn’t doing anything for my skin. I was so confused on how fast it just “stopped working”. I decided to keep using it because maybe I’m just not seeing any changes because it caused the change I needed it to and was maintaining it. I have decided that I will repurchase this product BUT I will take time off of this product just to see if my skin is worse or better without it. Sometimes you love a product. Sometimes you don’t. I honestly loved all three and The Ordinary as a company.
Top 2020 Products
2020 was the year I officially got into skincare. These three skincare products that dramatically changed my skin for the better, and for that, I rate them my best products for 2020. 1. HADALABO - Gokujyun Premium Lotion : This milky essence contains 5 kinds of HA of different molecular weights along with nourishing algae extracts. The results? Incredibly plump, soft skin. Not only is this essence great for harsh winters that compromise the barrier, but it’s great for summer when skin dehydrated and producing more oil than usual. You can’t beat the price at 15.99!! 2. THE inkey LIST - Kaolin Clay Mask : A kaolin mask that effectively absorbs excess oil AND has nourishing plant extracts so it doesn’t dry out your skin. For only 6.99!! 3. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum : It’s no secret that I am a huge Drunk Elephant fan. Yet out of all of their products, this is the one that to me is worth the hefty price tag of $90 for an ounce. This gel-based serum is a chemical exfoliator that contains 12% AHA and 2% BHA. It’s incredibly gentle yet super powerful as it zaps dry spots, uneven texture, whiteheads, blackheads, and major breakouts. It is the perfect spot treatment for any breakout. The immediate second I experience a breakout, I put this on and the next day my breakout is either completely done or dramatically reduced in size. While I would like to try cheaper exfoliators, this one is golden for me. What are your top 2020 products? My worst products of 2020 coming tomorrow!!
Price Doesn’t Matter (Except That It Does)
Pause: price doesn’t matter in that it doesn’t innately affect the quality of the product. I used a (thankfully gifted) $160+ cult favourite serum and was comically underwhelmed with how horrible it smelled, how unpleasant the texture was, and how irritated my skin was despite the fact that I had used vitamin c serums just as strong previously. And then I look at a community-renowned $8 niacinamide serum that is, by all accounts, a decent serum... that my skin hated and I detested due to the tacky texture. I’ve used, and loved, skincare that ranges in price from $6-$300+, some gifted and some purchased with my own money. I’ve opted for lovely $15 moisturizers when I couldn’t afford my $60 favourites. I’ve paid extra for specific ingredients that are a bit more pricy. What I’ve Learned? Price means little to how my skin will like it. But price still matters. If your budget for skincare is small, your options similarly size down. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t good skincare in your budget. Of course, opt for prescription if you can afford it- 1% retinol from the most expensive brand can’t compare to a basic 0.0125% tretinoin prescription cream. Look at your skin, do a bit of research, and see where in your routine that you can splurge a bit, or where you can go strictly utilitarian. If you have access to CVS, they have 40% off coupons regularly and CeraVe is bangin’. If you’re international, check out the go-to The Ordinary who ships internationally, or go through CultBeauty to get ahold of similarly affordable brands like Versed and The Inkey List 💰 In the end, price really only matters in that it affects what brands you opt for and how large your routine is. You don’t need $110 moisturizers or $120 exfoliants, though they often offer better textures and more well-rounded formulas. Just cleanse, moisturize, and slap on some sunscreen, and you’ve got your bases covered 💕
Today I’ve tried Deciem’s Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane for the first time. Hemi means half, so it’s no wonder that it’s even lighter than normal squalane. I put a drop on my hand and it soaked right in! I didn’t buy it to use it on my skin though, as I personally prefer heavier oils. Instead I used it on my damp hair. So far so good, my hair is a bit softer than normally and a bit less frizzy, even though I used a blowdryer. There’s still some frizz, but I guess that’s just what my hair is like. Pretty good for a product that’s only 3,60 €. One thing irritates me though: The product says it’s plant derived. The website says it’s “produced from the fermentation of sugar-based feedstock”. The inci list states that the only ingredient is C13-16 Isoparaffin. Am I wrong assuming that paraffin is always mineral oil? Any chemists here that can explain this? I don’t mind mineral oil under certain circumstances, but this confuses me. Definitely going to message Deciem and ask them about it. Will share when I get a reply ☺️☺️
The Ordinary-100% Plant-Derived Squalane
Ouai leave in conditioner
OUAI - OUAI Leave-In Conditioner is one of my absolute favourite leave-in conditioners! It leaves my curly hair super soft, hydrated and super shiny! It also smells SOOO good!! I always use this right after every single shower and it has completely changed the look and feel of my hair. The texture of the leave in conditioner is really light and creamy and it doesn’t weight your hair down at all - it has a really great fine spray. I’ve repurchased this multiple times so far and will keep on repurchasing!!
OUAI-OUAI Leave-In Conditioner
Share a few things I’ve been really loving! ✨ ____ the amika soulfood nourishing mask is one of my all time favorite hair products! it’s filled with amazing ingredients and it leaves my hair feeling absolutely phenomenal! I highly recommend picking this up during the sephora sale. ____ next up is the farmacy beauty very cherry bright vitamin c serum that I’ve been testing out for a few weeks now and I am seriously loving it.. it’s a potent blend of four forms of vitamin c that are powered by tropical acerola cherry, but what I love about it is that it also has hyaluronic acid and natural peptides that calm and soothe your skin! sadly, the price point is pretty high for this beauty but for the quality. ____ last but not least, I wanted to shout out cirquecolors and the la vie en rose polish that is a limited edition, 10-free petal pink polish with light holographic sparkle! this beauty launched last week and every single bit of the net proceeds for this polish will be donated to planned parenthood nyc to help protect women’s reproductive rights, a cause that is so dear to me.
amika:-Soulfood Nourishing Mask
Got my 1st allure Beauty Box this week! I’d been considering it for a while and was sold on last month’s selections. 💛 I’m also excited that they’ve switched to a more environmentally friendly way of shipping these items. The bag is a nice size and red is my favorite color. 🌎 I’ve used all of the skincare products thus far and I’m very pleased. 🙌🏾 The C.E.O Glow does have a strong scent because of the turmeric so it may take some getting used to. It layered nicely with my other products and absorbed well. 😊 The A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum is much less fragrant and has a nice consistency. 👍🏾 I’m absolutely in love with the OUAI Scalp & Body Scrub. So much so that I immediately ordered a full size. 😍 I’ll be trying the beauty products soon, most likely starting with the nail polish. It’s a punchy pink. 💕
SUNDAY RILEY-A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum
Very Hydrating - Good for mixing with treatments
I love how simple this product is. It is a oil so it leaves a shine but it is good for when you need moisture back and it's great to use as a mixer for most other treatments. Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin. It has very high emollience, is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types. It can also be applied to hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential. Note: This product uses 100% pure plant-derived Squalane that is ECOCERT approved and is a USDA Certified Bio-based Product.
theouai is taking up more and more real estate on my vanity (with some fourthraybeauty sprinkled in). Ouai’s Wave Spray is a solid staple in my summer hair routine. I love that it gives me the perfect messy waves with just the right amount of separation. I usually warm up a bit of their Matte Pomade in my hands and work it into the ends of my hair. After Sun Body Soother. I’ve spent a ton of time poolside over the last few days and it’s been a lifesaver. Definitely a keeper! The Remedy Serum by fourthraybeauty has also been on rotation this week. This guy has niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and balance the skin. With the serious change of weather in New England, my skin has been confused and acting up. Remedy has helped to calm and balance my skin. I’m a huge fan of Fourth Ray, as their products are effective and wallet-friendly.
OUAI-OUAI Wave Spray
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