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Schique Skincare Review

May 10, 2017

Schqiue Skincare, created by Dr. Jacquelline Schaffer is a line borne out of a child’s love for her mother. What better way to celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day by sharing this review with you? Jacqueline watched her mother endure skin cancer twice in her lifetime and it was enough to propel her into developing skin care that was free from harsh chemicals to take care of not only her mother’s skin but all women.

Before jumping into the review of all the products, I have to say that you will probably think that this is just another skin care line with a bunch of great ingredients. Yes, that’s true. There’s nothing that hasn’t already been said about skin care that I can say differently. Yes, the lotion is soft and the stuffs smells great. But, that’s more to it than that. I know that skin care is deeply personal and not everything with amazing natural ingredients will work for everyone.

So, I urge you to take this review and apply it to your skin type and determine if it will work or not. My skin is dry, semi-sensitive (I cannot with peppermint anything), and when God hates me, it’s also hormonal [acne]. My skin isn’t so ultra sensitive that I react to simply waking up. But, it does react to fragrances and stings to certain products. That said, testing out skin care terrifies me and I don’t really like to do it at length unless I’m drawn to product for a specific reason.

What motivated me to actually take the time to try the products and then sit down to work on a review was simply the drive behind why these products were created. It wasn’t that Jacqueline got bored one day and wanted to be rich so she decided to whip up skincare. It was because she wanted to do something for someone she loved so much, to make their lives better, to pay it forward to someone special. Her mom. This is my all time dream to do something amazing for my parents one day. I don’t have the know-how to make skincare or makeup, so it enchants me when I see people who went to school for something and turned it around as a payback for their parents. I really love my parents as most of us do, so this mission statement behind the company got me by the heart strings. *Insert sweaty eyes*

 

Schique Packaging

Packaging

Just hang on until you see what’s inside (well, I guess if you look at the feature photo you’ve already seen what’s inside lol). Simple, sleek packaging with a clean gold logo that goes well with the “chic” Schique (see what they did there?) name. It’s not overpackaged and can be recycled which I appreciate. Living in Seattle and not recycling everything really makes you feel so guilty. To be honest, just this alone makes it already feel pretty luxurious.

 

Schique Product Line

Packaging

Say it with me: OOOOOH. AAAAAAH. If I said upon opening up the simple looking boxes didn’t blow me away, I’d be lying. Have you ever seen anything so pretty that’s actually cruelty-free from start to finish, made in the USA, and free of very harsh ingredients? Seriously, I had to look up their FAQ to make sure because I felt like I was holding Dior or Chloe bottles in my hands. (Gad, love those brands but as you know they test on animals, so I cannot betray Charlie by using them.)

The packaging on all the products feels hefty in your hands and looks amazing on your dresser. Simply put, it’s just plain gorgeous and makes me feel pretty fancy having it around. They all look like something that belongs in the fancy section of Sephora, doesn’t it?

 

Schqiue Hydra Glisten

HYDRA GLISTEN REVITALIZING MIST

No way this is a mist. It looks like a Chanel perfume bottle! I almost was reluctant to use it because what happens when I run out? What will I put in it? Should I be like that cool mom and DIY this into like a room spray bottle? Ok, I digress.

At First Spray

Delicious. Simply delicious. Clean scent that isn’t overpowering, but not mainstream yet not crunchy either. It reminds me of a nice spring day where you’ve just cleaned your house with something fresh.

Claims & Ingredients

*Increases collagen activity, leading to firmer and tighter skin for a more youthful appearance.
*Creates a fresh and hydrated skin tone that suggests youthfulness and health.
*Assists in cellular turnover, aiding the skin in showing its true radiance.

Ingredients click here.

Overall Efficacy

I can only speak to this mist creating a fresh and hydrated skin tone. I did feel more youthful with radiant skin. Some mists I’ve tried actually dry out my skin after a few hours. But, this mist was great in terms of actually hydrating. I cannot speak to increased collagen activity and cellular turnover as I have no instruments to determine that. But, my skin right now is looking and feeling pretty amazing which can be credited to many things like water, exercise, diet, Maya Chia, and including this product.

 

 

Schique Insightful Contour Eye Cream

INSIGHTFUL CONTOUR EYE CREAM

Tell me, doesn’t this look like the Dior concealer?? Flashbacks of my luxury mainstream makeup that I had to throw out years ago because they keep trying to kill animals. OK, I digress.

The First Application

Eye creams to me, are beefed up moisturizers. I once heard that Beyonce just uses eye cream on her face. Anyway, the texture of this eye cream is on par with every other eye cream I’ve ever tried. Without saying that it is soft, it was. It didn’t sit on my skin all day and sunk in beautifully.

Claims & Ingredients

*Brightens, softens, and restructures the eye area
*Diminishes fine lines while reducing puffiness and discoloration
*Provides a youthful and tight surface around the delicate eyes
*Hydrates, plumps, and nourishes eye contours, restoring them to a youthful state

Ingredients click here.

Overall Efficacy

Schique claims that this eye cream will brighten, hydrate, and nourishes which I can attest to. Yes, it does all of these things. My eye area looked worse for wear without it but I also layer it with Orenda Skincare’s eye roller serum for added oomph. This combination really takes hydration and brightening to another level. Because of the hydration, the fine lines around my eyes are softer and the puffiness despite never sleeping is under control. In terms of restructuring, I can’t speak to that unless it’s specifically defined as softening the fine lines and plumping. Then yes, there was visible restructuring. But, if you’re asking me if I no longer have hooded double lids (yes, Asians CAN have double lids naturally without surgery), then negatory. I still have hooded lids.

 

 

Schqiue Brilliantly Firm Serum

BRILLIANTLY FIRM FIRMING SERUM

The last time I had a bottle that looked like this was when I was using my Marula Oil cleaning oil that seemed to last forever and a decade. I know that I keep talking about the feel and look of the products, but these are factors that all go into the user experience. I’m not a package whore. I am able to look past the facade of the bottle. But, when something is this pretty, it’s noteworthy.

The First Application

This is to be applied after cleansing and polishing your face. It has a nice pink-ish tinge with a creamy consistency that leaves a nice, subtle, natural luminosity to the skin. It absorbs into my skin at a good speed. That is, I was able to continue with the rest of my skin care regimen without having to reapply or wait a lifetime for it to start doing its work. It felt comfortable on my skin, no stinging, and no adverse reactions hours later (e.g. redness, discomfort, dryness, tightness).

Claims & Ingredients

*Protects against oxidative stress from external aggressors
*Encourages age-defying skin health hydration
*Nourishment is enhanced, leaving skin firm, hydrated, and youthfully vital
*Adds luminosity and tightens, as well as strengthens skin’s barrier function.

Ingredients click here.

Overall Efficacy

Since I started using natural products, I’ve been obsessed with oil-based serums. I like the heavy duty feel of oils because I am just that dry. So, it’s been some time since I’ve used a cream-based one. Because I am dry, I felt that this serum kept my skin moisturized and it’ll be great for the coming summer months when I don’t need anything too heavy. It’s lighter than I am used to. But, pairing it with the moisturizer does make my skin “think” that I’m using an oil-based serum-moisturizer system. I think my skin really likes skin care that has “weight” on the skin to trick it into thinking it’s doing heavy-duty moisturizing. I’m weird.

Anyway, as the benefits claim to be nourishing, moisturizing, hydrating, and adding luminosity, I would agree that this serum delivers on all their claims. Because I’m not able to measure firmness other than with my blind bat eyes and whether my skin is protected like there’s no visible shield (bad joke), I again can’t speak to that. However! Because my skin didn’t react badly to the serum and that it actually maintained it’s condition from how it was before I embarked on testing these products, I have to say that the serum did its job. I mean, my husband even said, “your skin looks nice lately…are you washing it?” He knows how to give compliments, but obviously, he noticed nice looking skin, so that speaks volumes.

 

 

Schique Lumistone Hydration Face Moisturizer

LUMISTONE HYDRATION FACE MOISTURIZER

One of my two favorites from the entire line is this moisturizer. As I’ve said before, I am dry as the dessert no matter how much water I try to drown myself in. Thus, I looove thick creams. I almost don’t even care if it actually sits on my face for longer than what normal people like because eventually, it will mix with my other skincare and makeup and create the dewiest look of all time. Also, again, look how pretty.

The First Application

Thick and creamy!!! I want to slather it all over my body, but no, I will save it just for my face! It doesn’t have any outstanding scent, just the typical no-fragrance scent. I emerged from my sleepless slumber on the first night with plump feeling skin. I then went to use again the following morning even though they say you’re not supposed to use thick things for daytime, I like to break the rules. My face felt so great all day like truly moisturized and I didn’t even really need to mist and reapply anything whatsoever.

Claims & Ingredients

*Defends skin from external stressors, protecting youthful vibrancy
*Soothes, calms, and reduces age-inducing inflammation
*Hydrates and nourishes, sealing skin’s barrier function
*Causes the skin to emit radiance and luminosity

Ingredients click here.

Overall Efficacy

If age-inducing inflammation comes from dealing with a 2-year old’s tantrums, then yes, this helps in that area. I didn’t look inflamed and horrible as I genuinely felt. All the skincare products minus the mist leave your skin looking luminous which I equate with healthy, hydrated, smooth, and actually calm (even if I’m not really that calm on the inside per tantrums). My skin felt great with this cream and I think if used it by itself after cleaning if I didn’t have time to do all the skincare steps, it would still look and feel amazing. Did I actually emit radiance? I’d like to believe I did because when I walked into boot camp, everyone thought I looked way more awake and alive than what was inside (half-dead).

 

 

Schique Intuitive Restoration Mask

INTUITIVE RESTORATION RENEWING MASK

I’m just going to show you another photo of this product. It’s the most amazing shade of blue! This was my all time favorite out of everything!

Photo Credit: @schiqueskincare

The First Application

My all time favorite exfoliating type of mask has been the Gressa Renewing Polish. It visibly brightens my skin and makes it feel extremely smooth afterward. Nothing has come close to actually brightening my skin the way Gressa does. Every polish out there is meant to exfoliate your skin with the hopes of smoothing it out and making it look like a baby’s butt. Some polishes actually irritate your skin and others rip up your skin so much that it just ends up looking worse than before. I don’t lke ripping up my skin and I don’t think you do either. That said, this mask is now up in the ranks with Gressa and my trusty Era Organics
Microdermabrasion Face Scrub & Facial Mask
 (so awesome for moisturizing AND exfoliating!). I felt like the Schique mask was a cross between Gressa and Era in that it did brighten, exfoliate, and actually left my skin feeling hydrated.

Claims & Ingredients

*Softens, soothes, and hydrates while countering free radical damage
*Removes toxins as well as firms and tones face
*Brightens and nourishes for a renewed look and feel

Ingredients click here.

Overall Efficacy

Softens. Check. Soothes. Check. Hydrates. Check. Brightens. Check! I was really blown away with using this treatment (4 times total/1x week/4 weeks) and honestly, today, my pores look better than they ever have in my life. I am only saying this because I passed by the mirror and was like whoa, I cannot see my pores today! This has been the only exfoliation treatment I’ve used in the past month because my skin will die if I use too many products. That said, I have to give full credit to this mask for my smooth, bright, tiny looking pored skin right now!

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

There are so many choices for skin care out there these days ranging from natural to mainstream. It’s important to pick the one that works for you regardless of what anyone else is using. It’s your face and money, not theirs! So, if I had to invite you to try one product from the Schique line, it would have to be the INTUITIVE RESTORATION RENEWING MASK. However, if masks aren’t your thing, then definitely the LUMISTONE HYDRATION FACE MOISTURIZER because we ALL need moisturizer. I’ve read somewhere that some people swear that moisturizer makes their skin worse and it probably did. But that’s their skin and my skin wants the thick creaminess to protect and envelope it when I’m asleep and when I’m awake.

I hope you’ve found this review useful and if you end up trying anything, I’d really love to get your feedback!

 

Schique provided me with all the products in this review as well as an affiliate link should you be interested. As always, opinions and experiences are tactfully honest and thoughtfully disseminated.

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Maya Chia The Super Couple Review

August 14, 2016

If you are a returning customer: Grab your TEA, this time, we’re going to zen.

Setting up the zen for this writing session
*Grabs a box of tissue, puts it next to my laptop*
*Grabs tea, puts it on the other side of my laptop*
*Closes eyes. Inhale 7 counts, hold 8 counts…wait, OMG, going to pass out at 7..8, exhale/wheezing for 6 counts before seeing stars*

Ok, so they say that if you do a deep breathing exercise before writing something that is important to you, the words will flow out of your fingers better. Well, I’ve learned something already, 1. I’m not a fish. 2. I’m not Michael Phelps and 3. Must learn to breathe better. My years of running have never really taught me to hold my breath. Although, I’ve heard it’s supposed to do some good stuff to your inner organs..like the oxygen marinating your organs and stuff.

Note to self: Create better zen for my 11.25 readers. *pours you more tea*

Anyway, I first came upon this Maya Chia while perusing my IG feed and saw it on a very kind friend’s page, Skin Ritual Diary. Thank you, M for bringing this game-changing product to my attention. What caught my eye was not only how Maya Chia interacted with all their fans, but how much kindness and respect they were actually exuding through my cold, hard phone screen. I don’t know about you, but when companies or power-house bloggers/YouTubers take the time to actually talk to their fans, it’s a huge deal. Almost like that time Josh Groban made eye contact with me TWICE at his Closer concert in Seattle. TWICE!!!!!! *pushes husband away 5 steps..move..he’s looking at me…oh, haiii…*

Oh, right, Maya Chia! Let’s get started!!!!

Writing about Maya Chia with Rifle Paper Journal

Writing about Maya Chia with Rifle Paper Journal

Who is Maya Chia? Susanne Norwitz, the creator of Maya Chia, has a long line of impressive credentials behind her- though you’d never know it from her humble and highly approachable nature. She has obtained a master’s degree from Harvard, supervised the speech writing department for NYC Mayor Guliani, and held the position of senior communications advisor for Fortune 100 companies such as Revlon and Walgreens.

What is Maya Chia? Born from an interest in Maya culture and skin care rituals thanks to her surgeon father, Susanne learned about the skin benefits of the chia. Chia is full of astaxanthin, a powerhouse antioxidant that revives dull skin on a cellular level and a super food rich in omega fatty acids. A full list of the main ingredients used in Maya Chia products can be found here.

What are the ingredients?

Ingredients: Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, Haematococcus Pluvialis Algal (Astaxanthin) Extract, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Absolute, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Absolute, Santalum Spicatum (Australian Sandalwood), Aniba Roseodora (Rosewood) Essential Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Essential Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, Cistus Ladaniferus (Cistus) Essential Oil, Boswelia Carterii (Frankincense) Essential Oil, Myrrha Commiphora (Myrrh) Essential Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Essential Oil

PRODUCT: The Super Couple, Ultra Luxe Face Oil Serum. Made in USA. Net wt. 1.0 fl. oz./ 30 ml. $85 USD

maya chia bottle
PACKAGING: Sleek, minimal, black dropper bottle that actually drops according to your squeeze rate. Ever have a dropper that drops 5 gallons at the slightest pinch? This dropper will give you 1 drop if you only want 1 drop.

SCENT: The scents of the Super Couple that speak loudest to me are jasmine and Bulgarian rose. The hint of lavender would almost go undetected unless you have been granted the gift heightened aroma detection that many moms are bestowed with during pregnancy. It’s not overly sweet, overly musky, or overly anything. It embodies the “earthy” like qualities you would expect from an organic line with hints of myrrh and frankincense. But, there’s also a spa-like tranquility to it: refreshing, uplifting, and all-encompassing peace.

Maya Chia Dropper

Maya Chia Dropper

FIRST DROP OUT OF THE BOTTLE: A bright coral married with a deep orange hue. From what I have researched about astaxanthin which is the second ingredient listed in this oil serum, it is naturally an intensely bright coppery orange shade. Think of a lobster. Or if you’re vegan, think of a cherry tomato marrying an orange and having a baby, and then that color.

Maya Chia The Super Couple Swatch

Maya Chia The Super Couple Swatch

APPLICATION: The viscosity of The Super Couple is very much an oil though one may think it could be thicker, similar to a gel, as it’s also a serum. The viscosity is a little runnier than olive oil and castor oil and similar to that of rosehip seed oil or coffee bean oil. It leaves a nice, glowy, healthy sheen on your face that comfortably sinks into your skin leaving it hydrated rather than overly greasy or dry.

EFFICACY: The Super Couple claims many benefits for the skin mainly due to the powerful antioxidant effects of astaxanthin and omega-fatty acids contained in chia. Let’s go through the listed benefits:

*revitalize aging skin by quenching oxidative stress & inflammation: I was personally unable to measure oxidative stress which is basically an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize the harmful effects via antioxidants (Koshikawa & Naito, 2002). I presume this needs to happen on a molecular level and I don’t have access to a lab to bring sheets of skin to be examined. However, speaking to inflammation, when I used this oil over the course of 3 months on any actual acne and possible acne eruptions, the oil kept the skin surrounding my acne moisturized and supple. When I sealed the site of skin disaster after applying all my skincare including this oil and Aczone, my pimples purged and healed much faster than had I simply left it alone to dry in a sea of benzoyl peroxide. Efficacy for treating inflammation: Check!

*prevent & reduce the size of wrinkles & improve skin micro-texture: You may be skeptical when I say that this oil truly, up close in those magnifying mirrors, visibly reduced and in some spots eliminated the fine lines around my eyes. Really. And the micro-texture of my skin improved drastically- I had mini bumps all over my cheek area that are now nonexistent. Efficacy in this area: Check!

*maintain & increase skin’s firmness & resiliency: My absolute favorite part. With the FIRST application of the Super Couple, I literally felt my skin LIFT. Over the last 3 months, my skin really has a plumpness to it that I only see in my children’s supple skin. When I push on my cheek, it instantly bounces out rather than stay indented. My skin used to be very sensitive and over time, I believe this oil serum has improved my sensitivity to only semi-sensitive. I can now use acids and Tretinoin with increased comfort! Efficacy for firmness & resiliency: Check!

*lighten age spots & brighten skin tone by inhibiting overproduction & oxidation of melanin: I naturally have freckles and generally, I am not on a quest to eliminate them. If freckles are age spots, then I haven’t seen an increase nor a decrease in them so I would consider the product being efficacious regarding melanin. Furthermore, brightening of the skin is visibly significant in my own opinion. I notice my skin is more vibrant, more even albeit freckles, and a general glow that I will actually admit to. Efficacy: Check!

*deeply moisturize & nourish, even the driest skin: Without actually measuring the moisture of the skin (as I don’t have that utensil to do so for the time being), I felt my skin become moisturized with daily usage and a dramatic decrease in dry spots that I usually experience. Efficacy: Majorly check!

*protect against free-radical damage: Free-radical damage has been hypothesized to affect health in several ways including: inflammation such as arthritis, lupus, heart disease, emphysema, ulcers, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, alcoholism, smoking-related diseases, and certain types of cancer (Lobo, Patil, Phatak, Chandra, 2010). Given the myriad numbers of ways free-radicals can impact health, if we are specifically speaking to aging and inflammation, then I would consider this product efficacious within these limits. Efficacy with aging and inflammation: Check!

IS IT WORTH SHARING OVER COFEE?: OK folks, this is where the meat of my reviews usually lives. I have A LOT to say. Please keep in mind that I have been using this oil religiously day and night for almost 3 months. Thus, my review is desperately overdue but this oil serum has also been through 3 cycles of hormones, moons, weather fluctuations, and children’s sporadic sleep schedules.

SKIN:
With skin issues ranging from dry spots to random weird tiny bumps, after using The Super Couple, they are nonexistent. Makeup application has become almost unnecessary yet significantly more enjoyable because my skin is plumper and smoother.

ACNE:
With acne, especially hormonal ones that resulted in MONSTROUS sized pimples, I am sure this oil has helped in healing rather than treating the pimples after they have purged. The skin around the acne breakout was never angry or peeling- it appeared and felt “taken care of” despite everything. With overall texture, I am proud to say and even happier admit that there are days I don’t even wear makeup and I don’t feel afraid of society, vice versa.

WEATHER:
Granted I have dry skin, I use this oil serum no matter what the weather is. Even when it’s blazing hot and I’m sweaty, the oil sinks into my skin and keeps it feeling amazing. I know that we tend to think when we are sweaty that we are also oily. I think when you are sweaty, you don’t have to be oily per se, but you definitely need to replenish your skin with moisture through water or oils.

ASTAXANTHIN:
From digging around some research articles, very few talk about the topical benefits of this amazing antioxidant on the skin. But, when ingested, it’s been found to decrease inflammation, help with eye health, and maintain healthy skin and hair. For being a great antioxidant, I am surprised it is not talked about more in the public. I am currently taking 1 pill per day and have experienced less dry eyes in the last month. I like this Jarrow’s Brand!

CHIA SEED OIL:
Because of the significant visual improvement I’ve seen for my skin, I have to say I am a believer in the power of the supercritical chia seed oil. Let’s talk about the chia for a split second. It’s a superior source of Omega-3’s, more superior than any fish or flax seed oil. If you ingest it, possibly amazing fish burps but it’ll be worth it since for every 1 gram of chia seed oil contains 600mg of omega-3s. Basically, this is really, really good oil that keeps you plump and healthy. I won’t get into the whole science behind it, but if you want to, check out this read.

FEELS:
So, obviously, I really enjoy Maya Chia Oil Serum for its consistent high-level performance. After doing some research on the ingredients, I also believe that they do benefit the skin as they are intended to. With performance and efficacy all meeting and exceeding my expectations, this product is worth every penny and “more”.

In short, YES, worth sharing over coffee!!!

In long… er, maybe longer…

For someone who’s never had the opportunity to chat with Susanne, you will just see a bottle of oil that may or may not work really well for your skin. If you are far removed from the beauty blogging/IG world, then for sure you only see this as a fancy bottle of oil. You’re not sure if you need to spend $85 on something that is life-luxury, not a necessity.

If there’s one oil in your life you want to splurge on. Just ONE TIME. I’d say this is it. Don’t resort to selling organs or anything. But, you won’t be sorry you spent your lunch money here.

The feels part goes beyond product performance, it’s about the founder, Susanne. She is so genuinely kind, it’s unbelievable. She’ll ask about your kids. She’ll show interest in your life beyond the nicely cropped, filtered picture. She’s a high-end business but there’s nothing about her that is arrogant. She really wants to connect with you; whether some measly little blogger person or a huge internet web star, she will treat you all the same. I’m telling you that this kind of nature is a rarity. If you do get the chance to chat with her, you will see what I mean. If you want to have coffee with her, she’ll totally have coffee with you (granted you’re not like really crazy but even then, I kinda think she totally would).

But, the part that gets to me is that this oil serum brings me back to my Mom and my childhood.

My Mom always smelled good. Fresh, clean, and of roses and jasmine. She is a simple woman who never fussed over material things, never wore makeup, yet always looked fairy-level beautiful. She provided me with such a great childhood. So great that I fear I can’t provide the same level of goodness for my own children. She always there for me. Even when I didn’t want her to be there because I was trying to spread my wings, but unbeknownst to me, I only had feathers.

From the day I was born until I left home for grad school, every morning there was breakfast at the table. Lunch waiting on the counter. After school snacks were there before school even ended. Dinner was cooked every night. My clothes were washed, ironed, and put away. I basically got everything I wanted (after showing some straight A’s of course). She never took “breaks” that I knew of nor did she ever appeared flustered. She never went out of town with her friends. She never took a freaking vacation until I was 30! Is this parental abuse!?

I honestly don’t know how any human can do so much because try as I might, I can’t.

I never, ever have such positive associations with a product. It’s just a product. But, then again products make us happy! But, more so, I do not ever positively associate a product with the founder and my childhood unless the product is like ice cream or a home cooked meal. It just doesn’t make sense, right? I mean do you really know the owner of any product who’s sitting in your makeup bag?

But, it’s happened and not like stalker-type of emotions here. But, just a wow-what-a-really-nice-lady! And, never have I tried a product that flooded me with such memories. Memories so intense that in my weaker moments, I just crumble completely and wish for my mom. The feelings of security, safety, happiness, a full tummy (but not like I’m starving now or anything but I’m definitely not a great cook), and a warm home. But, most of all, the most unconditional, unlimited amount of love (even in the hardest of teenage years) I have ever known.

Even though this is a (long) review, it’s also a huge thank you to Susanne for creating something so amazing and for the daily reminders of my ever-amazing mom and the life she has given me.

*commence happy ugly cry face*

ASTAXANTHIN REFERENCES:
Park, J., Chyun, J., Kim, Y., Line, L. L., & Chew, B. P. (2010). Astaxanthin decreased oxidative stress and inflammation and enhanced immune response in humans. Nutrition & Metabolism, 7(1), 18.

Rao, A. R., Sindhuja, H. N., Dharmesh, S. M., Sankar, K. U., Sarada, R., & Ravishankar, G. A. (2013). Effective inhibition of skin cancer, Tyrosinase, and Antioxidative properties by Astaxanthin and Astaxanthin esters from the green Alga Haematococcus pluvialis. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61(16), 3842–3851.

Tominaga, K., Hongo, N., Karato, M., & Yamashita, E. (2012). Cosmetic benefits of astaxanthin on human subjects. Biochimica Polinica, 59(1), 43-47.

CHIA SEED REFERENCES:
Andreassi M, Forleo P, Di Lorio A, Masci S, Abate G, Amerio P. Efficacy of gamma-linolenic acid in the treatment of patients with atopic dermatitis. J Int Med Res. 1997;25:266–274.

Bourre JM. Dietary omega-3 fatty acids for women. Biomed Pharmacother. 2007;61:105–112.

Gil A. Polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory diseases. Biomed Pharmacother. 2002;56:388–396.

Jeong, S.K., Park, H.J., Park, B.D. and Kim, I.-H. (2010) ‘Effectiveness of topical Chia seed oil on Pruritus of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and healthy volunteers’, Annals of Dermatology, 22(2), p. 143.

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WHERE TO PURCHASE: Directly at Maya Chia.

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Honest Beauty Eye Shadow Trio in Smoky Grey Review

April 15, 2016

Guys, raise your hand if you were/currently still are under the impression that if you use Honest Beauty, you’re going to look exceptionally cute like Jessica Alba. *Raises hand, looks around, really I’m the only one?…mmm. hmm. sure…insert beady eyes emoji*

Anywho… Honest Beauty is a line created by Jessica Alba. If you don’t know her, welcome to earth as she’s a famous movie star and mommy of 2 on a mission to create safer home, baby, and beauty products. Speaking to just the makeup items as I have not used the skin care products, this line is really perfect for those in transition from “mainstream” (e.g. Basically all the makeup you know and love at Target, Walgreens, Sephora, Nordstrom or the makeup that doesn’t have the fancy words like organic, vegan, nontoxic in the label) to “cleaner” (e.g. has some kind of fancy words on bottle) makeup. Unless you are really into makeup, there’s no difference between Cover Girl and Honest Beauty- one can be bought at Walgreens for a few bucks and the other, you need to find an Ulta or have a computer with wifi. But, if you’re kind of into makeup, then you sort of have been exposed to some news about how some ingredients in makeup could possibly be linked to cancer. But more realistically, bad makeup can wreak havoc on your skin- wrinkles, burns, and other unsightly events. So, if you are probably like my friends who are the kind of like makeup-almost don’t care and might ask, “Hm, what’s a safer alternative? I don’t wanna turn into a hippy or spend a gajillion dollars. Also, I don’t want to smell like a tree.”

*Side story: Literally tried explaining mainstream vs cleaner to my husband. He ended up “resting” his eyes. So, fine, I went to my BFF and he basically logged off, no “see ya”, just no response.*

Enter Honest Beauty. You won’t smell like a tree and I kind of don’t know if you’ll be exceptionally cute like Jessica Alba. But, hey, we can all try!

So, when my dear friend, Teri Miyahira raved about every single item in her You Tube videos, I pulled out my credit card from the freezer. Guys, when I say spend freeze, I take it literally serious. I’ve been using this trio since December 2015 (I feel like I need to start photographing my receipts for anyone who is like “Mmmhmmm stop throwing out random dates!”) Just trust me once more today because obviously I’m the last person on the planet to be writing a review when there’s already been 5,000 other reviews.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty!

What ingredients are in this Smoky Grey eyeshadow trio?

Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Carbonate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain: Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Made without parabens, paraffins, silicones, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, talc, or synthetic fragrances.

PRODUCT: Eye Shadow Trio in Smoky Grey. Made in USA. Net wt. 0.16 oz./ 4.5g. $25.

Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio Package

PACKAGING: Sturdy, light grey, rectangular compact with clean, white Honest Beauty branding on the front. Inside, there’s a little mirror on the flip top and the 3 shadows are housed below.

Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio Smoky Grey Package

SHADE: These 3 shades are described as: slate grey, soft black, and taupe shimmer. I don’t think the slate grey is actually *that* grey as it is more of a smoky grey brown.

Honest Beauty Smoky Grey Trio Swatch

Honest Beauty Slate Grey

Honest Beauty Soft Black

Honest Beauty Taupe Shimmer

INITIAL SWATCH: Buttery smooth, no fall out for the lighter shades, extremely minuscule fall out for the darkest shade, opaque with one swipe, and color transfer is accurate from palette to skin.

APPLICATION: So. Smooth. And a little bit goes a long, long way so be cautious at first dip into the pan. All the shades are a joy to work with and blends out so easily. But, not too easily where the color dissipates into thin air. There’s no guess work involved as Honest Beauty provides you with instructions your uncle’s monkey could probably figure out. These instructions are inserted right behind the mirror which I find very nifty as it’s housed in an effective place on the palette.

EFFICACY: This eye shadow trio promises the following:
Contour: Absolutely doable and natural looking with slate grey shade. Check!
Highlight: Established with with Taupe Shimmer- classic, clean natural pop. Check!
Shape your eyes: Soft black will smoke your eyes out like a rock start who takes showers. Check!
Buildable color can take you from day to night with the perfect eyeshadow trio of neutral colors and shimmer shades. You have to love it when the descriptions don’t lie like Shakira’s hips. Check!

Based on what how Honest Beauty describes the product’s use, I would deem this eye shadow trio to be highly efficacious. There is nothing in their description that promises anything wild like…looking like Jessica Alba.

IS THIS WORTH SHARING OVER COFFEE? Alright, if you’ve read any of my reviews by now, you know every review NEEDS coffee purely for the length alone! But, I am honestly (no pun here) impressed by every Honest Beauty product I have (e.g. eye liner & lip crayons). I feel like the way the product is marketed is so welcoming and fun. Yes, her ingredients are “better” than mainstream makeup, but she doesn’t rub it in and make you feel bad for using that Tom Ford lipstick you love so much. Because PSA: While Jessica is all about Honest, she still appreciates all beauty products such as those by Koh Gen Do and for me, that’s just so much yaaas.

I see Honest Beauty like a good friend who’s inviting you over for a good cup of good coffee. The trick being that this friend doesn’t tell you that it’s actually good coffee (not Folgers) made in a good way (not in that Bun thing from last night). And, this friend doesn’t say one bad thing about the Starbucks Platinum card that you are so proudly showing on your keychain. (Dudes, I like Starbucks, it’s comforting to see the little green mermaid when I’m in a weird part of earth.)

However, let’s not downplay that Honest Beauty’s ingredients ARE better than say your usual Revlon or CoverGirl. This is really great if this is important to you. Also, you won’t smell like tree. I find myself recommending this brand to friends who ask for “better” ingredients but who will still use Tom Ford or Burberry- because really *drool on Tom Ford*. All the makeups! Anyway, if you’re a purist, then this brand is probably not up your alley and that’s ok, too. All the makeups!

A huge plus is that it’s not sooo hard to get in-person access to this brand. There are Ultas all over and if you have friends who like makeup, pretty sure they have a few Honest Beauty items already. Sometimes, my friends get turned off because of the exclusivity of a makeup line. I get it, if I didn’t care about makeup, I’m not scouring the internets to find this one foundation that is only available from this one place online. But, Honest Beauty is like “Hey come hang out, let’s share the makeups!” I also appreciate the price point! Let’s be honest (again, no pun), “safer”, “organic”, “green”, “vegan”, “whatever makeup that’s better than the stuff at Walgreens” can be expensive. BUT guys, to be fair, cleaner makeup is not any more expensive than Tom Ford or Burberry. I like that you won’t have to hide your credit card and dolla bills in the freezer with Honest Beauty. If you are trying to change out from Tom Ford (omg, but why, but ok, we’d still be friends) or whatever, you won’t be at a major deficit since 1. FREE returns for ONE year if you order from HonestBeauty.com, 2. FREE returns in store at ULTA for 60 days with receipt, and 3. Really, not all thaaat expensive, in comparison to other “green” brands.

Highly recommend trying it and then highly urging you to keep it as your staple smoky grey eye shadow trio. You can’t go wrong. Possibly the best smoky eye trio I’ve ever used and I have way too many palettes to count. Remember your uncle’s monkey? If he can play with this, anyone can.

Happy Eye Shadowing!

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WHERE TO PURCHASE: Ulta.com, In store at Ulta, or directly at
HonestBeauty.com.

Beauty Skin Care

Foxbrim Organic Rosehip Oil Review

March 4, 2016

I wish I knew in my 20’s to slather on all the oils but I was busy trying to get rid of it. Now a decade and a half later, I feel like I’m drying out faster than a banana in a dehydrator. I’m always jealous of friends who “claim” to be slicker than butter on warm toast as they always look fresh and dewy. Their skin is also plump and moist in the best way.

Enter Foxbrim. To be honest, their name simply sounded so cool and that’s what made me do a Google search. I had no idea they sold oils or skincare items. I was more like,”Oooo, foxes are so cute! Hanging out a brim..on the brim of a cup? Do they sell coffee?!” I was pleasantly excited to see they carried all the oils and decided to prime myself a bottle of rosehip oil.

What is Foxbrim? I love how simple they are. No frills, no thrills and it comes down to their mission statement which is simply:

we source premium all-natural and organic ingredients and craft them into scientifically proven products.

When a company uses the term “scientifically proven”, I scrutinize and wait even longer to form a conclusion because I immediately have extra stringent standards. I expect results, not necessarily immediate within 24 hours, but they need to be significantly noticeable. Furthermore, they offer something not many companies do which is a 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee or your money back with free return shipping. WHOA.

What are the ingredients? 100% Pure Certified Organic Rosehip Seed Oil

PRODUCT: Organic Rosehip Seed Oil. Made in USA. Net wt. 2.0 oz./ 60ml. $16.95 (Amazon)/ $24.95 (Foxbrim).

Foxbrim Rosehip Oil package

PACKAGING: Beautiful amber glass bottle with a dropper with a very nice, clean orange fox logo and clear black font.

SCENT: I had no idea what rosehip oil would smell like but it is so deliciously unique. It’s not super rose scented, but rather nutty, earthy, and sometimes, I think it has a coffee aroma to it also.

Foxbrim Rosehip Oil product

FIRST DROP FROM THE BOTTLE: This gorgeous orange color is indicative of the oil’s freshness and that it has been relatively unrefined. Foxbrim states that they use a cold press method which is using low temperatures to extract oils to maintain its nutritional value, aroma, and taste. It is similar in viscosity to coffee bean oil or maracuja oil. But, if you’re not familiar with those oils, it is definitely not as thick as argan oil or olive oil but similar to sesame seed oil (yes, like the kind you cook with).

Foxbrim Rosehip swatch

APPLICATION: Rosehip oil glides on effortlessly and sinks into the skin quit quickly. I love the viscosity of this oil because it’s not so thick that just hangs out on the surface on your skin but not so light that it feels like water.

EFFICACY: Rosehip oil has many attributes and benefits. Foxbrim claims that rosehip oil can be used to:
*hydrate – check!
*repair damaged skin – check!
*reduce appearance of scars – check!
*reduce dark/age spots – check!
*reduce fine lines – check!
*brightens skin – check!
*encourages healthy cell production – unable to determine this.
*leaves skin feeling softer and smoother to the touch – check!

Basically, using this product should transform your skin in a positive and significant manner. I absolutely believe this product is highly efficacious on all levels of what they claim. Though I cannot determine if I’ve created healthier skin cells, I think the outward appearance of my skin could possibly lend itself to evidence of this. I don’t look 16, but my skin has responded very well to rosehip oil.

IS IT WORTH SHARING OVER COFEE?: YES, I’ll even GIVE you a bottle if I had an extra! THIS IS THE ELIXIR OF YOUTH!!!! What took me so long to even learn about this oil?! My skin feels good, it’s bouncy, and on a good day with good lighting and a good IG filter, it even LOOKS rather acceptable bare! I can apply it upstairs and by the time I walk downstairs (just minutes later), it serves as the perfect base for me to apply my foundation. It keeps my skin hydrated and comfortable all day and does not make me look uncontrollably shiny/greasy. I welcome the dewy look and some may not like it as they prefer the matte look. Brushing over a little powder on top generally cures the dewiness right away. I also feel that my complexion seems brighter, healthier, and more refreshed even though I haven’t changed my lifestyle (read: still not enough sleep) or diet (read: not enough donuts). I even slather this on my children’s skin when they are getting little dry patches and they clear up overnight. If you are looking for rosehip oil, I HIGHLY recommend purchasing from Foxbrim- the quality, quantity, and price are unparalleled.

Side story: My husband was cleaning the bathroom and knocked over the entire bottle of rosehip oil. I fell to my knees and just looked at my youth splattered all over the floor. I had no words. No. Words. Me: OMG!!!!! Him: Hm? What happened? I quietly cleaned up said youth and thought of how to get revenge. Revenge I did get in the form of mismatching all his socks for the week. My sweet friend Clare sent me a new bottle and I have stored this in the safe with my homeowner’s insurance. It’s that special and maybe I’m almost a little bit that crazy. Fountain of youth people! Try it out for yourself you’ll feel my feels! Hope you do and hope you enjoy it!

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WHERE TO PURCHASE: Amazon when available on Prime (it’s a few dollars cheaper!) or directly from Foxbrim.

P.S. I bought this product myself and used this product at length before writing this review. All my opinions are honest and my experience has not been shaped unbiasedly by bribes, money, or photo likes/follows on Instagram by the company.
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Beauty Skin Care

Zabana Essentials Armpit Detox Bar

February 21, 2016

Armpits are the pits of life. We girls spend our entire teen years trying to smell like fresh flowers and then our 20s trying to get the whitest pits in all the land. Then, when have kids, hormones kick in and bam, you can’t control your bladder let alone your armpits. Fast forward to one summer day, you raise your arms and your husband looks at you like you grew a head in your once white armpits. And you just say, “What? You want me to shave? Shave what? I’m nice and toasty right now.”

Then, heaven forbid if a girl SWEAT. Apparently, even if you’ve ran 12 miles, better not be drenched in sweat and still smell like flowers. I tried killing my sweat glands by using all the Dove and what did I end up with? Painful pit zits!!! PIT ZITS! WHAT EVEN!? And you know what? I never really even smelled fresh, just kind of artificially fresh. So, I stopped wearing deodorant all together. I just stayed away from people. Then, my sister sent me something in 2005 about aluminum stops you from sweating but it’ll give you cancer. That same day, I stopped wearing deodorant and somehow got married and stayed married.

Switching from conventional to an all natural deodorant is scary- is it going to work? Am I going to sweat through my shirt and is this going to make me smell like a funky field of lavenders? Will people think I’m trying to become one with the earth because will I smell like earth? Or, will I become a walking stale onion and have the train all to myself? All valid, life changing questions.

Enter Zabana Essentials!

What is Zabana Essentials?

Zabana means Savannah in the Native American Taino dialect. Zabana Essential’s mission is to offer Affordable – Natural – Vegan – Human Friendly – Cruelty Free Cosmetics that are not only nurturing for the skin, but enjoyable, attractive, and smell great!

What are the ingredients?

*Olea (Olive) Europaea Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Activated Charcoal, Dead Sea Salt, Zinc Oxide, Kaolin Clay, Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils

PRODUCT: Armpit Detox Bar Coconut Charcoal & Clay. Made in USA. Net wt. 4.0 oz./ 113g. $7.95

Zabana Essentials Detox

PACKAGING: Since I received this as a sample in addition to my order, my product came in a generous sized 1 inch square, black cube in a little plastic bag. If you were to purchase the actual product, it would be packaged in paper similar to a cute cheese wheel.

SCENT: It definitely has an uplifting scent that is not too overwhelming. I would describe it as coconut, slightly citrusy, a smidge floral, and a hint of charcoal/clay scent similar to a pottery making class.

Zabana Essentials Detox Cube

FIRST FEEL: It is very smooth even though it appears to have a little bit of texture.

Zabana Essentials Detox Cube 2
APPLICATION: Whoa nelly! You must hold onto to this tight! Once in contact with water, it is very slippery! It does not physically exfoliate as there are no textural materials which is very, very nice since it will not irritate your underarm area. This literally glides back and forth very easily on bare underarms and even very, very hairy (i.e. husband’s) underarms.

Zabana Essentials Detox Bar 3

EFFICACY: This product claims to help you transition from conventional deodorant to an all natural one. During this transition, your body will purge all the toxins and make it seem like you are even more aromatic. Once this purging is over, you should be able to use an all natural deodorant (highly recommend the Zabana Essentials deodorant!) and it should “last” through the day. In testing this for over 2 weeks now, I feel my natural deodorant did seem to last longer. I was doing the- pull sweater over nose and take a whiff at the end of the day” test and I didn’t throw up in my sweater. Even after my runs, no not THOSE runs, but 5 mile and 8 mile runs, I didn’t “stink” “that” “bad”. And, definitely, I smelled pretty fresh all day if I was just doing my usual child care tasks. I would definitely say this product did meet their stated claims and exceeded my expectations!

IS IT WORTH SHARING OVER COFEE?: YES!!!!!! I smell pretty good so sit thisclose and slurp coffee with me. Since I quit the Dove a decade ago, I do remember being more odorous and then it just went away. But here’s the thing- when you think you are aromatic, you’re actually not to the public. But when you don’t have a clue, then that’s when you are kind of are aromatic (e.g. Harry Styles) I tested this out for 2 weeks on myself and my husband (uh yes, totally cut the cube in half. Love still means being hygienic) and neither of us had any ill effects from the detox bar. I even think my armpits look better which I will not be showing you that- you’ll just have to take my word for it! My spouse doesn’t wear deodorant and I think that’s weird. I also have a very keen sense of smell. So, I’m not being biased here because love means not being blind to all the smells. He also felt it was easy to use and that it was a pleasant experience. What I loved was after using this detox bar was that my arms did not stick to my armpits!! I’ve tried other cleansing bars and it just made my skin.feel.like.this..similar to soaps that kind of make your skin so dry that it just skips from lack of moisture. I did not experience any zit pits, irritation, increased hair growth, hair loss, ingrown hairs- just good looking, healthy feeling, comfortable underarms. Anyone wanting to switch from Dove or Old Spice to something much better for your natural eau de eau de parfum producer, I would highly, highly recommend this! Also, even after 2 weeks of using half of the detox bar, I still have 75% left, so the product lasts quite a long time! I will venture to say that after using this detox bar, one may possibly be able to forego deodorant all together! What?! Really. Test it out and see for yourself!

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WHERE TO PURCHASE: Directly at Zabana Essentials or if you’re in the San Diego, CA area- Whole Foods!

Beauty Cosmetics

Gressa Skin Eye Tint in Bronce and Eye Brush Review

January 29, 2016

Viewer Discretion: VERY LONG. VERY DETAILED. Also, UP CLOSE TO MY EYELIDS.

What an honor it is to be sharing this new Gressa Skin product with you that will launch in February 2016! It’s an eye tint that is multifaceted and beautiful- exactly the words I would use to describe Gressa Skin as a company. It’s not everyday that someone like me gets to meet and befriend the creator, owner, and mastermind behind such a coveted brand. What I really love is that Svetlana is so down to earth and emits such genuine warmth. Fifteen minutes into our first meeting, her and Drey (her aesthetician) were already asking about my family and by the end, we were joking about giving birth (wait, not Drey though). Then, at the pre-launch, I got to meet her whole staff- Erin the makeup artist, Kerry her right hand woman, Drey, Mr. Svetlana aka her husband, and Sophia the logistics manager! They have such an incredible chemistry and love between each other that far surpasses regular, old coworkers. I believe this connection ultimately affects the process, mission, and quality of their products.

I’m excited to share with you this beautiful product as well as the results of my experiment I did over the course of 2 days! Let me tell you before you keep reading, Svetlana generously gave me this eye tint and brush PLUS the illuminating serum. Just like that. I tried to give her my money and even cried a little but she was insistent. You guys, I’m telling you, this. just. doesn’t. happen to me!

But, scientist cap on and the review is as unbiased as humanly possibly below! Please enjoy!

What is Gressa Skin?

The Gressa brand is a brand that celebrates glamour and sex appeal and still remains free of silicones, preservatives, and anything that is harmful for your health.

What ingredients are in this eyeshadow?

Since I’m sharing this with you before it even launches, I do not have this information quite at the moment. However, please check back maybe the end of Feb and I will have this all updated! For now, you can check out Gressa’s website here!

PRODUCT: Eye Tint in Bronce. Made in USA. Net wt. 0.24 oz./ 6.8g. $TBD

Gressa Eye Tint Bronce Package

PACKAGING: Sleek, not overly glossy, true black. Light weight twist-top circular container. Extremely travel friendly! Definitely for those who like to take care of the appearance of their products, this will not smear or get that “greasy” look in the event you touch the product then touch this cute container thereafter.

Gressa Eye Tint Bronce

SHADE: I will update directly from the website once this product info is available. Directly looking into the pot, it’s very bronzy with red undertones with a gorgeous iridescence. At some angles, it looks very brown but coppery and other angles, it looks like a cappuccino with shiny cinnamon specks.

Gressa Eye Tint Bronce Swatch

INITIAL SWATCH:
Top swatch: A lighter swatch that blended out to this smokey, sexy, warm, brown, bronze shade. Where the swatch is lightest at the edges, you can see how it leaves you with the true meaning of a clean blended out look. I applied with with my fingers obviously but even with fingers, sometimes cream shades can “skip” a little on the lids leaving a spots where the shadow is missing.

Bottom Swatch: A heavier swatch, but this only took 2.5 swipes of my finger to achieve this opacity. Can you see that iridescence I mentioned earlier? I see pink and purple in this bronze. The cream applies very, very evenly. This was one swipe, lift, swipe again, lift. I did not have to redo the swatch halfway through my swipe if you know what I mean.

Gressa Eye Tint Brush

Gressa Eye Tint Brush close up

APPLICATION: With fingers, it was effortless. The cream shadow glided on very, very smoothly. Depending how much product you picked up on your finger, you can absolutely build this shade to your desired level of opacity.

However, there is a specially made brush for this eye tint that actually works very well! How many times have you bought the brush that was made for a product that didn’t really work? This brush in its entirety is very sleek with a matte appearance. It is light weight and a great length for control and accuracy of application. The bristles are cruelty-free, synthetic, and beautifully tapered. I was able to use this brush to apply the eye tint by tapping on the lid, and then using the tip to blend out the edges.

EFFICACY: Below is where I conducted two experiments over the course of two days using the same eye lids both days (I did a joke here, did you catch it? *wink*). My lids are surprisingly oily, they are also hooded, and so it is a rarity if shadows never crease.

Control: I washed my face and applied my skin care consisting of 2 Korean skincare products, a moisturizer, and a little bit of rosehip oil at 8:00am. I let all this sink in for 3 hours and did not apply any makeup products nor did I engage in any brow grooming, thus the craaazzyy brows. Please don’t unfriend me. I also did not leave the house during these days. At 11:00am, I applied the eye tint using the Gressa brush. At 9:00pm, my husband took eye lid pictures for me. Total wear time: 10 hours.

Gressa Eye Tint Concealer vs Nothing

Exhibit A: Concealer Versus Bare Eye Lid Skin, Conducted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
Left side: I used RMS UncoverUp. Minimal fading or creasing. The eye tint was as opaque at the culmination of my experiment this day as it was upon initial application.
Ride side: As I predicted, my bare eye lid skin ate up the product. There was noticeable fading and creasing.

Gressa eyetint primer no primer

Exhibit B: Primer Versus Bare Eye Lid Skin, Conducted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
Left side: I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer (it’s Cruelty-Free). The eye tint stayed very opaque. In the outer-v of my lid, it really stayed “smokey” and rich.
Right side: Again as predicted, creasing and fading. Compared to the left side, there is a noticeable different in how much the eye tint had disappeared and creased- look at how the eye tint really tried to move into my crease.

Results: Clearly, I need all the primer. My eyelids are shadow vampires. With primer, the eye tint in Bronce stayed on for 10 hours, comfortably, flawlessly, no fading, no creasing, and did not irritate my eyes whatsoever. The color remained opaque and I was able to enjoy looking at my left eye lid throughout the day to admire its iridescence and sultriness. For the right eye lid though, I was shaking my head every couple of hours passing by my mirror. How can someone with such dry skin have the oiliest eye lids in the universe??

IS IT WORTH SHARING OVER COFFEE? Well, if you’ve read the entire way through, you either needed a nap AND coffee twice or it’s already obvious that I could absolutely share lots of information about this product and the Gressa company over coffee! I really loved not only this multifaceted shade but I loved how comfortable it was to wear!! It did not gravitate towards a stickiness or tackiness after 10 hours of wear. It did not get “heavy” in a sense where I could feel it on my eyes and it did not travel into my eyeballs. I believe this might THE shade for that warm summer date night with a gentle breeze because it is so sultry, does not look “dirty” in the lower lash line, and has a magical way of picking up the light. I almost think *some* women might even be able to make it work as a bronzer on some level! Aside from the great ingredients if that is what you are interested in- it is cruelty free, organic, and vegan, the product is extremely efficacious. For those who are transitioning to safer products like my mommy friends who love the Maybelline Eye Tattoo, this would be a lovely substitute. Furthermore, this eye tint could be used as a base (for me, over a primer) for a realllly dark smokey eye or a really amazing bronze cat eye! Honestly, the possibilities are endless and I highly recommend this product! Amazing product and even more amazing company!

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WHERE TO PURCHASE:

Directly at Gressa Skin! Free shipping over $100.