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Review: OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C

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Official description
Professional Hydration Begins With The Highest Quality Hyaluronic Acid Serum On The Market!

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum deeply hydrates and plumps skin to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Rich with antioxidant Vitamin C, this formula leaves skin soft & rejuvenated & because it’s botanically derived, it is considered to be the highest quality HA serum on the market.

The sponge-like matrix of our Hyaluronic Acid serum holds in the moisture that is responsible for plumping skin and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Its formula has been designed to create the perfect mix of ingredients your skin needs to achieve a youthful, lifted glow.

  • Plumps and hydrates dry, dull skin
  • Assists in balancing skin moisture levels
  • Speeds up skin-cell turnover, keeping new and healthy skin on the surface
  • Diminishes surface lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen
  • Naturally lifts and firms sagging skin

Behind The Science:
Our HA serum deeply hydrates and plumps skin to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This potent serum delivers a surge of moisture-loving nutrients deep into the dermis of your skin. Hyaluronic Acid is known as “nature’s moisture magnet,” an ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Also, rich with antioxidant Vitamin C, this formula leaves skin soft, smooth, and rejuvenated.

100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $15.79 USD.

Directions
1. Wash and pat skin dry
2. Apply toner before serum
3. Apply a small amount to entire face, neck, and decollete
4. Allow to dry
5. Follow with high quality moisturizer

Packaging
This comes in a cardboard box with company and product information on it. The serum comes in a clear glass bottle with a black dropper top that has a clear glass pipette. Label has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
This is a thick clear serum, pretty close to a gel. It has almost no scent, it smells a little citrusy/spicy. It absorbs almost completely, leaving an ever so slight tacky feeling.

Ingredients
Ingredients remain 98% natural and 72% organic. Organic Aloe, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, MSM, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Jojoba Oil, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Geranium Essential Oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

I’ve tested this for over a month now and really like it. It’s one of the thicker hyaluronic serums I’ve tried, which I kind of like. Since I apply it with my hands it’s easier to apply because it doesn’t run all over like thinner serums, but once you start applying it, it does turn more watery. It absorbs completely leaving no tacky feeling. Since using this my skin feels firmer and more supple, it’s glowy and generally looks well. It feels hydrated, but isn’t overly oily and it feels smoother. It takes less than half a dropper to do my entire face and neck. I have just over half a bottle left. It also evens my skin tone and reduces redness.

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C
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Summary

Pros
Moisturizing
Plumps skin/makes skin supple
Improves skin texture
Improves skin tone
Makes skin soft
Smooths skin

Cons
None

Final thoughts
I really like this serum. It makes my skin feel supple, soft and plump.

Buy or not
Yes.

5
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Review: Exfolimate Face and Body Exfoliation

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Official description
Say G’day to ultra smooth skin and goodbye to dull, flakey skin. Introducing Exfolimate ™ – the ultimate tool to give you younger, fresher looking and feeling skin.

Designed in Australia – Exfolimate is your handy mate to instant exfoliation and pore clarification without the fuss of scrubs and loofahs that only rub the surface of your skin without actually removing the problem.
The secret is Exfolimate’s innovative micro-groove technology etched into the smooth metal edge. The micro-grooves gently lift and remove lingering skin cells and debris to unveil younger, fresher skin.

Exfolimate is made to gently exfoliate the face and body and is precision designed for daily exfoliation and naturally skin clearing results.
Exfolimate transforms the surface of your skin.

What is Exfolimate?
This new revolutionary personal exfoliation tools for the face & body to gently exfoliate prior to any skincare, shaving or hair removal treatments. The secret is its patented laser formed edge with micro grooves which combine with warm water in the bath or shower to exfoliate gently, naturally, quickly & easily. Enjoy fingertip controlled exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, oils, pollution, dirt and grime, but not the hairs….Exfolimate is not a shaver.
In one step you can clean, stimulate and smooth the skin! It is chemical free, safe, hygienic, and easy to use on the face or the whole body. It helps clear the pores, smooth away dead skin cells and rough, bumpy or dry patches of skin. Whether its dry, sensitive, oily skin or blemishes. Exfolimate can help. Also great for any shaving, waxing and problems with ingrown. It can also aid the absorption of all your skin care products and smoother skin also means your makeup or sunless tan goes on better! You receive two ergonomically designed personal face & body tools, cords & a comprehensive directions brochure.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 2 piece set for $29.98 USD.
From Walgreens – You get a 2 piece set for $29.99 USD.

Directions
STEP 1 With either the face or body tool, using gentle pressure from your fingertips,gently glide the tool along the contours of your body at a 90-degree angle. It only takes a light amount of pressure to effectively use Exfolimate.

STEP 2 With either the face or body tool, using gentle pressure from your fingertips,gently glide the tool along the contours of your body at a 90-degree angle. It only takes a light amount of pressure to effectively use Exfolimate.

STEP 3 As you glide Exfolimate along your face and body, check under the smooth metal edge for any lingering residue. To remove the dead skin and debris, simple run the tool under warm running water. Make sure you repeat this step once you’ve exfoliated your entire body to keep the tool clean for your next use.

STEP 4 Once you’ve cleaned your Exfolimate, hang the tool to dry so it is ready and waiting to gently exfoliate your skin from top to toe.

Packaging
These come in a white cardboard box with company and product information. They are white plastic, rounded triangle shapes with a metal edge. They come with clear red plastic cords to hang. It comes with a leaflet of information.

Let me preface this by saying I have chronic nerve pain. Any pressure on my skin causes pain. Now with that said, this is incredibly exfoliating but also painful. xd You run this across your skin at a 90 degree angle but it requires pressure. On my face it’s very painful so I don’t really use the face tool much. It’s better on my legs though, still painful but not nearly as much as my face. This is wonderful to use before shaving. It gets off the excess dead skin and exfoliates your legs to make it easier to shave. I don’t use it every time I shave because of my chronic nerve pain, but I do use it sometimes. If I didn’t have that little issue I would make much more use of these because they do work really well. The face piece is a little too big to use around my nose like it says you can. That is the only real issue I have with these. They are easy to use and easy to clean, just rinse it under warm water. I always use soap/cleanser before using these and it surprises me to see the gunk on the blade. Glad it’s no longer on my body though.

Exfolimate
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Summary

Pros
Excellent skin exfoliation tool
Reusable
Easy to use
Easy to clean

Cons
Face tool is a little big for around the nose

Final thoughts
This provides excellent body and face exfoliation. It's easy to use!

Recommend?
Yes

3.8
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Reiew: CSCS 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum

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Official description
High end anti-aging solution for the skin. Regenerates skin cells and moisturizes skin.

  • Anti-Aging
  • Anti-Wrinkle
  • Moisturizer
  • Best Value!
  • Made in USA

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $24.99 USD.

Directions
Apply several drops to clean washed skin and gently massage into the skin. Allow product to completely absorb into skin before applying makeup. Recommended use: Twice daily during the morning and evening.

Packaging
The bottle comes in a gray cardboard box that has company and product information on it. The bottle is cobalt glass with a black dropper top. The dropper is a clear cloudy plastic. The bottle has product information on it.

Scent and formula
This smells slightly citrus-y and slightly acidic. The scent lingers for a few minutes after it’s absorbed then disappears. It’s a cloudy kind of brownish/grayish, slightly thicker than water liquid. It absorbs completely leaving no residue or tacky feeling.

Ingredients
De-ionized Water, ferulic acid, vitamin c (as scorbic acid), vitamin e (As d-alpha tocopheryl aceate), silicone fluid blend, polyacrylamide c13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-7, isothiazolinones as preservative. CosDNA analysis

This serum is fantastic. It’s a very lightweight serum that absorbs quickly and leaves no sticky feeling or residue. I only need to use a little less than half a dropper for my full face and neck. This does not burn and actually feels quite soothing/cooling when applied. This reduces redness and evens skin tone. It improves skin texture, literally my skin feels so smooth after using it. It has made my pores look smaller and my skin feels firmer and has a lovely glow. It also definitely makes my skin feel more hydrated and less dry. It’s wonderful. I have been using it for a month and have about 3/4 of a bottle left. You don’t need a lot at all.

CSCS 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum
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Summary

Pros
Hydrates skin
Reduces the appearance of pores
Improves skin texture
Makes skin firmer
Evens skin tone
Reduces redness
Gives skin a glow

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This serum makes my skin feel more firm, reduces the appearance of pores and just makes my skin feel smooth and healthy.

Buy or not
Yes

4.5
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Review: CSCS Pure Hyaluronic Serum

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Official description
CSCS HYALURONIC ACID SERUM: YOUTHFUL SKIN IS NO LONGER JUST A DREAM. Are you fighting with wrinkles, fine lines and other aging signs? Would you like your skin to look soft, bright and youthful as it did in your 20s? Your search stops here, because we have the right solution for you: the CSCS Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Formulated with pure and stable hyaluronic acid of a high quality, our serum has been designed to help women to make their skin look bright and beautiful instantly. Known for effectively binding water to cells and being responsible specifically for the elasticity and resiliency of your skin, hyaluronic acid possesses potent fill-in properties that help your skin look smooth, bright, and flawless. The gentle formulation of the CSCS Hyaluronic Acid Serum ensures that the product can be safely used by women with very sensitive skin, offering a quick remedy against excess sebum for women with oily skin. Thanks to its non-greasy texture, the serum is very easy to apply – just pour it onto your skin and rub for a minute or so, and watch as the product is be fully absorbed. By using our CSCS Hyaluronic Acid Serum on a regular basis, you can get rid of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots, even your skin tone, and give your skin a plumper, smoother and brighter appearance that everyone will envy! Some of its most notable benefits include: – Formulated with pure and stable hyaluronic acid for the best results. – Safe to use for any type of skin. – Non-greasy texture makes the serum easy to apply. – Can deeply moisture skin and fight aging signs. – 100% satisfaction guarantee: love it, or we’ll give your money back!

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 2 fluid ounce bottle for $13.95 USD.

Directions
Apply several drops to clean washed skin and gently massage into the skin. Allow product to completely absorb into skin before applying makeup. Recommended use: Twice daily during the morning and evening

Packaging
The bottle comes in a light gray cardboard box with company and product information on it. The bottle is a cobalt blue glass with a black dropper top. The dropper is a frosty clear plastic. The bottle has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
This has a clean slightly herbal scent. The scent is gone once it’s absorbed. It’s a slightly thicker than water formula and is clear. It absorbs completely.

Ingredients
De-ionized Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isothiazolinones as preservative.

Unlike other Hyaluronic Serums this one is on the more watery side. It absorbs quickly and easily and leaves no residue or tacky feeling. It hydrates skin so it’s not dry, but I wouldn’t say it moisturizes like other products do. It makes my skin feel soft and plump after use and seems to make my skin feel more smooth. It also helps with redness and improving your skin tone in general. I don’t have to use much of this for my whole face. I’ve used this for about a month so far and I have over 3/4 of a bottle left. It’s going to last awhile and it’s already inexpensive. I really like that this only has a few ingredients and it has no fragrance added to it. It’s just a lovely product and my skin likes it.

CSCS Pure Hyaluronic Serum
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  • Texture
  • Ingredients
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Summary

Pros
Improves skin texture
Improves skin tone
Plumps skin
Hydrates skin
Inexpensive

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This is a nice serum that improves the overall appearance and feel of my skin and is inexpensive.

Buy or not
Yes

4.6
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New Darling Clandestine Perfume Review: Arylide and Bossfight!

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Today I will be reviewing the two new scents from indie “Darling Clandestine” (heh, see what I did there?).  Although I’m sure many of the readers of this blog are probably already familar with the brand and it’s owner, I will give a brief overview for the uninitiated. I will confess upfront that this review is not exactly impartial, as I am a bit of a Darling Clandestine fangirl, myself.  Since discovering them through the r/Indie Makeup and More Subreddit last year, I have placed, oh, maybe an order a month?  It honestly reawakened a passion for scent that I had long since abandoned due to the current mainstream industry’s repetative nature (and a hatred for gourmand scents, which seem to be a fairly dominant force).  DC and it’s lovely and passionate creator Evonne** shun all that and seem to start from scratch, creating scents that are not only unlike any other, but also tend to be almost beyond definition, typically schewing the whole note description thing of traditional perfumery and describing each scent with a short piece of prose, meant to evoke the scent itself and the mood intended.

DC has a roster of year round regulars, seasonal offerings, and the occasional surprise release scent, just for kicks when the inspiration hits.  This is review is for lattermost, two surprise fragrances that likely won’t make it far past labor day, along with those emergency beach flip flops you picked up at Walgreens, so get them while you can.

The perfumes smell much better though.

 

 

Bossfight!:

One curious element of the Darling Clandestine scent descriptions are what Evonne calls the “Boss Level” of the fragrance, referring to how challenging the fragrance may be to the person*** smelling it.

Here’s the blurb for this scent:

I couldn’t bring myself to rank a fragrance Boss Level 10. Not yet. ‘Cause that would be the *final* boss, no? Instead I went for a concoction that swings unusually wildly between “Oh, yeah, this is pretty! This is classic, fancy perfume! I can totally wear this to the gala at Norman Osborn’s mansion!” and “Wait, no. This isn’t perfume. Let’s do something else. See that boat down there? Let’s just take it.”

It’s the DarlingClandestine dichotomy of conflicting elements, ramped up a bit for the season of summer blockbusters. Had a lot of internal conflict with this one. “No, no, that’s too intense; nobody’s going to want to wear this anywhere.” “Augh, now it’s too normal! Folks’re gonna think I’m a big ol’ hyperbolic dramapants!” I toyed with high-end elements like chypre and amber and teak, added some criminal underbelly with white mushroom and crushed cranberry, and then crashed through the skylight trying to create impressions of humidity-soaked canvas and scorched fabric. Of course, as with all DC fragrances, please don’t take these “notes” to mean “ingredients” . . . there are more than 30 individual ingredients in this fragrance. I dunno, man. I like it quite a lot.

 

Bossfight! is a very accurate name for this fragrance.  It morphs on a person’s skin, and rapidly.   From the bottle, I get a sweet warm skin scent (DC’s signature), almost like warm dough without the yeasty smell.  But it quickly turns to an aquatic with a bit of a green top note, kind of leafy.  And then it gets a little lemony?  Hey where did those flowers come from?  I quickly realize that I may have jumped into the deep end with this review.  It acts similarly to a previous DC scent, Halochrome, meant to represent the different colors in a fluorescent germ-cell stain.  But whereas Halochrome was sparky, and to me, somewhat offensive (and headache inducing), Bossfight! is familar and warm.  I can smell elements of other DC scents that I love, like Inked and Maudlin and Bedlam, maybe some Blue Valentine and Smother?  This is truly a big battle, but between characters you love to watch.  It’s the Avengers movie of the DC universe: a charming, likable tussle with a few unexpected turns.  A definite must for DC lovers and an interesting introduction for beginners, if you’re daring enough to take on the challenge.  I will also offer that this is the longest lasting DC fragrance I have.  Many of the oils tend to last only an hour or so, but thi sone seemed to stick around for at least 4, which is nearly unheard of for me.  Showing off I suppose?  Rarely does a blockbuster come in under 2 hours anymore, so I guess I should have expected it.

Bossfight! only comes in one size, a large 2 dram bottle for $14.  I luckily got it when it was $12 a couple weeks ago when it was introduced, but believe me, it’s worth every penny.  The extra $2 wouldn’t put me off one bit today.

 

 

Arylide:

Here’s the blurb for this scent:

The fragrance is Arylide, a dream painted in yellow. Angelic plumeria and about ten other elements that comprise my take on late-summer sycamore leaves.

Ergh.  Here’s where I hit a wall.  This is not my cup of tea, or more accurately, my cup of floor cleaner.  Or is it hand soap?  It starts promisingly with a light, powdery floral, (the plumeria, I’m guessing) but gets heavier and more intense as it sits on my skin.  I can smell the notes very clearly, almost too much so.  It does have a late summer haze to it, like the first evening you see the sun go down and start to realize that the days are getting shorter again, and it makes you a little sad.  I don’t have much experience with the scent of plumeria or sycamore, so I’m not sure if it’s the notes themselves that just don’t agree with me? Granted, this is all a personal experience, and it may not react on you as it does on me.

Luckily, this scent is available in an itsy bity vial (1/2 dram) for $6, which is what I got it in, and a larger 5 mL squared glass bottle for $11, both featuring very interesting artwork of what looks like a cat sucking the breath out of a sleeping woman!?  These is my kind of people.  Here’s information about it below, from Evonne:

The image is Yellow Cat, by my aunt Pilar Acevedo. “This particular piece was inspired by a child’s fear of an old wives’ tale.” Find Pilar’s work at PilarAcevedo.com .

As far as the logistics of ordering and delivery, her shop on Etsy is easy to navigate.  Evonne also has impeccable communication with her customers, giving accurate updates on order times and responding to customer’s inquiries in short order.  While her turn around time does tend to be much longer than other indie shops, keep in mind that it is a one woman operation, and is worth the wait.  I received this order is probably 6 business days, which is way shorter than usual, but I think it’s because Evonne was leaving for a trip.  She regularly keeps customers up to date through the Facebook page as to goings on and new releases.  I highly recommend you check it out.

 

 

footnotes:

noIdon’thaveaproblemnowhywouldyousaythat?

**also hilarious and talented.  Might have a little bit of a girl crush.  Might.

** Is there a word for a person smelling perfume?  “Smeller” sounds weird.  “Scenter?” “ Perfum-ed one?“

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