Happy Friday & first day of the @sephora sale for my VIBs and my BIs! ✨ I’ve been meaning to review a few sample sized moisturizer empties; maybe I can help someone make an informed purchase! These are all water based moisturizers on the lighter side for those buying for the spring/summer. 🌿💓
I got the #tatcha water cream with Sephora points. This was my first time trying Tatcha, so I was super excited. Star ingredients are the Japanese botanicals, uhh 23 karat gold 🙄🧐, and hyaluronic acid (just have to say, if the gold was in a tint or foundation that would be cool, but for me a moisturizer should be more benefit, less gimmick). The not so good includes fragrance, alcohol, and a lot of silicones. The fragrance/alcohol don’t bother me because they’re low on the ingredients list. The silicones aren’t though. For those that don’t know, silicones aren’t inherently “bad” or irritating. They give the illusion of skin smoothing, which might make you think the moisturizer is doing the damn thing. But they have no real benefit to your skin besides maybe sealing some good stuff in. But that’s a catch 22, since they can also seal in bacteria and be pore clogging for sensitive skin. It’s all about balance though, and there ARE products with silicones that I love! (ex. @drjart Ceramidin Cream) This isn’t one of them. It didn’t keep my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day, and for that price tag you can do better.
I got the travel sized #olehenriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer for $12 in those mini shelves by checkout which always get me. Full price is also $68 for 1.7oz. First off, the name sets a lot of high expectations. 🧐 I’m really gonna keep it short but not so sweet for this one because my cons above apply here as well. Except this one was even LESS moisturizing, and the ingredients list ranks lower for me as well. Sad pass.
I got the #youthtothepeople Age Prevention Superfood Cream in an online order. Full size price is $48 for 2oz, which is the most affordable of the 3. It feels super light on the skin and absorbs quickly, which made me think that it wouldn’t be enough for my normal to dry skin. But I was wrong! (cont. in the comments 😬)