Sephora Play: The Beauty Remedy Edition.

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A few days ago, when I was taking the train into work on day three of yet another six day stretch, I checked my email, and had gotten one from Sephora announcing a new luxe Play box.  I jumped on it becuase I liked the last one so well.  Do I need this?  Strictly speaking, no.  Does it make me feel better about the fact that I am working like a crazy person and have no time off and am utterly exhausted and cranky?  Oh, hell yes.  I have one more six-day week ahead, and then a friend of mine arrives in town and I am taking some much-needed time off to hang out with her.

The theme of this box is “The Remedy Edition,” so it is filled with products that purport to be good for your skin.  There were two variations of this box, and four of the six products were in each of them, so it’s of no real benefit to purchase both, and Sephora was kind enough to list the brands contained in each box on their website.  I ordered the second edition variation because I knew the first edition box contined something from SK-II and was worried it would be their skin essence again.  I’m currently going through a terrible time testing it out already, and I loathe the way that it smells.  I think it smells like sweaty feet and I find it to be generally vile and revolting, and I’m getting a few tiny breakouts in places I don’t usually get breakouts.  I wasn’t going to take a chance on getting another bottle of it.  The second box variation that I ordered contained a YSL primer and an AmorePacific essence, so I figured that box would be the safer bet.

As you can tell from the photo above, Sephora messed up.  They sent me the other box.  When I first opened it, I saw figuratively saw red for a couple of minutes because it wasn’t the one that I wanted, and by this time both box variations were sold out.  I resolved to call and complain, and likely will still do that after I finish this blog post, but I eventually settled down and have grown to like this one.  SK-II essence is nowhere to be seen, and, truth be told, I’m still on the hunt for a good eye cream, so I guess this is an okay screw up on Sephora’s part.  I could have done without two jars of moisturizer, but that’s a strange complaint.  Can one ever really have too much moisturizer around?

I also bought this as much for the container it comes in as I did for the products inside.  This is an almost perfect travel case for a light packer.  It’s a hard shell square container that looks like a CD case that people about my age will remember carting around in junior high and high school.  There’s a pouch to tuck things into on one side and open real estate on the other.  This box is actually sturdy, and I can’t wait to use it.

But anyway, people are here for product descriptions, so here we go!

Giorgio Armani Beauty Ecstasy Shine 400 Lipstick:  This is a super moisturizing lipstick in a bright red (good thing I just got rid of a bunch of red shades since I got new one to add to the collection) that really impressed me with its staying power.  This box was delivered yesterday while I was at work, so I swatched everything after I got home last night.  While I wiped most of the color off before I went to bed, there was still a red stain on the back of my hand when I woke up nine hours later.  There’s still a small bit left as I type this, and I’ve taken a shower.  I’ll cop to being quite stunned by that.  I needed three coats to achieve an opaque look when I swatched this, and a single coat is pretty sheer, which I happen to like.  There’s some versitility in it, and it can take me from day to night.  It is considerably more shiny than a traditional cream lipstick but not as much as a gloss.  A 0.10 ounce tube retails for $38.00.  There’s 0.05 ounces in the sample, so that’s $14.00 of product.

Tatcha The Silk Cream:  I’ve only ever tried the enzyme powder from this brand, and I absolutely love it, so I’m looking forward to this one.  It’s going to be hard to top my newfound love for AmorePacific’s Rejunvenating Creme, though.  This bills itself as a firming moisturizer.  I tried it out last night, and it feels really nice and absorbs quickly enough.  A little goes a very long way.  I had to have used less than a quarter-size amount for my entire face.  This retails for $120.00 for 1.7 ounces (The sample size is 0.34 ounces, so that translates to a $24.00 value), which is a much less bitter pill to swallow when compared to the price of the AmorePacific cream I so dearly love, so I’m kind of hoping this one blows me out of the water with its effectiveness.  I’m also impressed with the sturdiness of the packaging on this sample.  It’s got some real heft to it.

Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Beautifying Lip Balm:  They’re not kidding when they describe this as a translucent pink balm.  It’s basically Chap Stick, but I’m not complaining about that.  I’m going to throw it in my purse and use it as such.  In fact, I’m wearing it now.  It feels like a nice, moisturizing lip balm, and it sort of enhances the natural pink color of my lips.  It looks very natural.  This is the kind of balm that is supposed to react with your body chemistry to create a perfect color just for you.  As best I can tell, it works as described.  It also claims to plump, but, that’s a total lie.  It doesn’t tingle, and my lips look the exact same as they did before I put this on.  This stuff retails for $36.00 for 0.07 ounces.  The sample is 0.04 ounces, so that’s $20.57 of product.  I don’t care how well this works, there’s no lip balm in the world worth that much money.  Not with the way that I go through lip balm.  This is a nice one, though.

SK-II R.N.A. Power Eye Cream Radical New Age: I know this brand has a cult-like devotion from people because of its essence, but I just don’t get it.  I mean, I hate that stuff.  I’m always on the lookout for a good eye cream, though, so I’m not angry (anymore) that Sephora messed up and sent me the wrong box.  This lacks the offensive smell of the SK-II Essence.  It contains Pitera–a byproduct of the fermentation of a special kind of yeast–like everything else in the line.  It’s also wildly expensive like everything else in the line.  It’s expensive to the tune of $135.00 for 0.4 ounces.  There’s 0.08 ounces of product here, so that works out to $27.00 of product.  I can’t imagine it blowing my mind enough for me to buy a full-size of this, but I did use it last night, and it feels lovely going on.  I’m adding it to the routine until the sample is gone, so here’s hoping it works.  I’ve been working like a madman and getting nowhere near enough sleep, so my dark circles are a little worse than usual, and I actually have a little bit in the way of bags under my eyes right now, so this stuff has something to work on.  Let’s hope it’s the miracle worker it claims to be.

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream:  People swear by La Mer products, but I’ve never tried them.  I’ve never thought my skin needed something that intensive.  I’m still relatively young, and my skin looks great.  There’s no wrinkles and only the smallest of fine lines are just beginning.  This will be my first experience with La Mer.  It feels very creamy, and it absorbed faster than the Tatcha Silk Cream when I tried it out, so I’m hopeful it is something I end up liking.  It’s only slightly more expensive than the AmorePacific’s Rejuvenating Cream, so if I find it works better, I’ll be a La Mer convert.  In all honesty, I do hope this works well.  This brand has been around for so long, and people love it so much that I would hate to not like it.  Skin care is very personal, though, so we shall see.  A full-size jar is 1.7 ounces and retails for $170.00, so that means there’s $24.00 of product in this 0.24 ounce sample.

Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Pure Perfume:  I seriously think I like every single perfume in this line.  At least, I like every single one that I’ve smelled, and that’s most of them.  Sud Magnolia is my favorite, but these are all long lasting on my skin and smell so fresh that it’s impossible for me to wear any of these and not find myself smelling my wrist throughout the day.  This one is no different.  It smells like bergamont at first and then dries down to smell mostly of cedar with hints of sandalwood and vailla on me.  It’s sweet and woody, and I am in love.  This is $250.00 for 3.3 ounces.  Yeah, that’s crazy expensive, but I strongly believe that you get what you pay for with perfume.  There’s 0.14 ounces in this sample, so that amounts to $10.61 of product.

Sephora has been doing these special boxes for about a year now, and I passed on the first one.  I’m not sure why I did that.  Overall, I now think that they are a great value and give me a chance to try out a ton of high-end products I would never try otherwise.  I mean, I’m not going to go out and drop $170.00 on La Mer cream without ever trying it out, but I will shell out the dough if I already know it works.  I know Sephora gets all kind of heat from people in the review section for items like this, but I really believe that if you just sit down and do the math, you are getting a fair deal.  If you have no intention of buying any of these, that’s fine.  You still get a good opportunity to try out some obscenely expensive makeup and skincare items.  If you’re like me, and could actually see yourself using some of these in a full-size, it’s the best opportunity you have to try them in a size that will allow you to determine if they actually work for you or not.  I can’t recommend these boxes enough.

I hope this was helpful for anyone who has been on the fence about trying out these luxury boxes from Sephora.  Like I just said, I can’t recommend them enough, and really do believe they are a perfectly fair deal.  That’s why I bought it even though I don’t need it.  This set me back $21.78 with tax, so that brings my yearly Sephora spending total to $1,033.01.

–Jackie

Philosophy Purity Made Simple. Oldie but Goodie.

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I started using this in 2005 or so.  Philosophy used to make this acne face wash with sulfer in it, and it was a god-send when I was younger and dealing with breakouts all the time, but one day I picked this up and just kept using it.

It was great when I had oily, congested skin in that it didn’t aggrivate my acne.  It is really gentle yet really effective at cleaning my face.  It didn’t help clear up my acne, but it didn’t aggrivate it.  At the time that was a win for me.  It isn’t a foaming face wash, which took some getting used to on my part, but it didn’t leave my skin feeling stripped.  It also removed every trace of makeup I had on my face.  For someone who doesn’t like multi-step cleansing, this stuff was terrific.

I used this religiously until about three years ago when I bought my first tube of Checks and Balances from Origins, and I just began to favor that one.  Let’s face it, I’m a sucker for foamy face washes and minty smells and that one has both in droves.  I no longer buy this by the 32-ounce pump bottle (yes, you can really get that, and I’ve gone through my share of them), but I still always keep a small one on hand.  If my skin feels dry, I use this.  If my skin feels oily, I use this.  If it’s late at night and I’m wearing a ton of makeup, I use this.  I really can’t stress how well this removes makeup.  I trust it to remove black, smokey eyes without having to use eye makeup remover first.  I also trust that it will make my skin go back to feeling “normal” if it is getting out of line or if I put something irritating on it.

A 3-ounce bottle retails for $11.00, and if you’ve never used this it’s worth checking out.  There’s a reason this is one of the gold standards in facial cleansers.  It works.  It works well, and it doesn’t irritate.  Thank god this stuff is around and shows no sign of ever disappearing.  I’ve used this through skin changes over the last twelve years, and I can’t think of any other product that has worked for me as my skin transitioned from the grease pool of my early twenties into the normal skin I’ve been blessed with in my thirties.  I honestly think this is the single product I have used through that entire time.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple:  I love you, and I’ll always keep you.

–Jackie

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme. Why Do I Love You So?

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I’m not going to lie.  I went into this one expecting to hate this.  Heck, I was almost willing myself to hate this cream.  It’s eye-bleedingly expensive, and I thought there was just no way in the world the results could justify the cost.  It’s expensive to the tune of $150.00 for 1.7 ounces of it, and yet I now sit here trying to think of reasons why I shouldn’t buy a jar.  My skin likes this so well that over the last nearly six weeks of use, it’s become increasingly difficult to not pay up and add it to my skincare routine.

I got sick three or four months ago, and just kind of put my overly involved skincare routine on the backburner until I felt better.  I mean, I had a twenty minute beditme skincare routine going at the time.  When I finally got over whatever it was I had, I started working a lot, and by the time I got home, I just wanted to crash and not waste time putting stuff on my face before bedtime.  In truth, I was reduced to using a moisturizer at night and Clean and Clear PersaGel on any pimples I had crop up.  Yeah, I realize it was laziness on my part (and all true beauty junkies need at least five products in their nighttime routine, lol), but my skin really calmed down and cleared up and became much more stable the less and less I would mess with it.  By the time I got this Rejuvenating Creme in the mail, my skin was the best it had been in ages, and it was actually the perfect opportunity to give this a try.

The first thing I noticed about this upon opening the jar was the smell.  There’s no way nice to say how it smells.  It’s a very strong powdery scent that probably won’t gel well with most people’s noses.  It’s pervasive, too.  I could smell it for a few minutes after I put it on.

I think the texture is pretty light but a bit heavier than the moisturizers that I tend to gravitate toward.  My go to is the Aqua Bomb from Belief or Water Drop from Dr. Jart.  They’re light, quick to absorb, and don’t leave a greasy feeling on my face.  When I first touched this, I assumed it would feel a bit heavier on than I would enjoy, but it wasn’t too bad when applied.  It does absorb in less than fifteen minutes and doesn’t leave a greasy or sticky feeling on my face.  For my preference, it’s still too heavy for me to use in the daytime, but I loved it as a nighttime moisturizer.

The performance of this product is unbelievably good.  It didn’t feel like it would be special enough to make a visible change in the look of my face, but it did.  Granted, I have a very normal skin type, so I can’t begin to say how this would be for dry skin, but, for me, it provides the perfect amount of moisture.  Each morning that I woke up, I felt like my face looked radiant.  It looked plump and hydrated.  There was no question that it made my skin look better.  Keep in mind that this was the only product that I was using nightly at the time, and on many nights, the only product I would use at all.

A major reason that I favor very light moisturizers is becuase of my acne-prone skin.  I feel like they are much less likely to cause a breakout.  I assumed the AmorePacific Creme would break me out.  It just had the texture of something that would give my skin hell.  After almost six weeks and one small jar later, there have been zero breakouts.  None.  Yeah, I’ll get a zit here and there, but that’s a part of my life I’ve learned to live with.  What I’m saying is that this doesn’t make my acne any more prevalent.  My skin was basically clear when I started using this, and it stayed that way the entire time.  That noxious smell didn’t cause any sensitivity issues.

This works so well that I’m willing to look past the steep price tag and horrible smell.  I mean, I dearly love it.  I never thought something this expensive could live up to the hype around it, but this cream does.

My 8mL sample lasted nearly six weeks, so a full-size 50mL jar would likely last six months, so it might actually be a cost effective purchase given that when I had this around I didn’t WANT to use other products along with it, but, holy cow, that price tag.  For that kind of money, I want the jar to play music when I unscrew the top.  Or give it to me in a gold-plated jar.  Or something.  Something a little bit more than, hey, here’s a plastic jar of cream.  Enjoy.

I’m still very much on the fence about buying this, especially since I still have Sunday Riley’s Luna and Good Genes kicking around my place, and those aren’t exactly cheap.  I need to use them but am worried that I would let them languish in a corner somewhere if I buy a jar of this before they are gone.  I may pick this up in during the VIB Rouge sale next month, though.  the twenty percent discount I would get would drop the cost down to $120.00, which is slightly less eye-bleeding.

This stuff really is that good, and I would definitely encourage anyone who has ever thought of buying it to head over to Sephora and ask for a sample.  If you’ve no interest in it, stay away from it lest you find out that it really is amazing and you’re stuck justifying buying a jar.  It’s so good I’m willing to look past the price tag and that wretched smell.  A few weeks ago, I would have said Belief’s Aqua Bomb was the best moisturizer ever.  Not anymore.  It’s this stuff.

–Jackie

Sephora Play October 2017.

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Hey there, everyone.  I’m first going to start with a bit of a programming note.  Work has been crazy for the last few weeks, and shows no sign of slowing down for, at least, another two weeks, so posting may become a bit infrequent.  I’m working somewhere in the neighborhood of sixty hours per week, and what little downtime I have that isn’t spent sleeping is divided equally between trying to keep my apartment clean and sitting on the sofa doing nothing.  I generally spend one of my weekend days typing and saving all of my posts for the coming week.  Given that I’ve been working six day weeks and will be for the forseeable future, my lone day of free time will likely go to blankly staring at the television from my sofa and doing things that require as little of my cognitive ability as possible.  I’m a weird type of person, and I keep hand-written notes on all of the products I try out, and I really don’t feel like plowing through them until I get a chance to rest and restore for a few days.

Now, onto this month’s box!

I think all of the box variations for October were centered around products for your complexion, so (thankfully) mine was void of any hair products.  I love all of the products that came in mine.  A couple of them, I have tried before, and  the others I had been eyeing for a long time but had never committed to purchasing.  I’ve not done any serious wear tests on any of the products in this box, but I have formed a few first impressions.  Here it goes.

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer:  I was really excited when Urban Decay rolled out face primers because their shadow primer is the best I’ve ever used.  That excitement dissipated, however, when the reviews for them started to roll in, and most said they were okay, at best.  I never bought any to try out, so I’m really excited to get some.  This stuff feels really thick, and it does fill in pores and smooth things out a little.  In truth, it feels like it may be a little bit too heavy for me, and I hope it doesn’t clog my pores and make me breakout, but I’m going to use it because I love trying out different primers.  I can’t speak for how long it will make my makeup last, but I’m curious to find out if it really does work.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation:  I wish this box had arrived a week earlier because I bought the Hourglass Foundation stick.  I’ve always wanted to try out this foundation, but was hesitant to do so because SO MANY foundations break me out, so I’ve sort of always stuck to my go to from Dior.  I know people rave about this product from MUFE, but I’ve just never committed.  Sephora sample sizes don’t last long enough to determine if I will get breakouts from a foundation, and by the time I know if I will get a breakout, it’s usually too late or I’m too unmotivated to return the product.  This is a great sample size that will probably last me close to a month if not more.  I’m wearing it today, and I a nice medium coverage that builds up, looks natural, and feels lightweight on my face.  In truth, if this doesn’t cause breakouts, this appears to be a great foundation.  Thanks, Sephora, for sending this one to everyone.

Tarte Fainforest of the sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist:  This says it’s a primer, setting spray, hydrating mist, and skin refresher.  I’ve used it before, and, for me at least, it does two of those four things.  I had pretty poor luck using it as a primer.  It was just okay as a setting spray.  I did love it as a skin refresher and mist when my skin just felt tired and tight.  I kept it in the fridge, and a quick spritz left my skin feeling calm and moisturized.  I loved using it when my skin felt out of sorts, but not enough to buy it again.  I’ll use this spritzer, but it’s probably not going to change my mind on purchasing this.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster:  I’m a little unsure how to use this, so I’m being unusually dependent on instructions from the company on this guy.  Sephora says it’s a “skin-perfecting serum that plumps, smooths, and hydrates your skin for flawless makeup application.”  I like the feel of serums, but typically use them at night before I go to bed, so the use issue just stems from my accepting that I put it on before makeup application and not before I crawl in bed at night.  It’s got hyaluronic acid and argan oil in it, so I fully expect it to do what it claims and plump up skin and make me look like I might have actually gotten some sleep the night before.

Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Scrub:  I’ve used this before, and I feel like it could almost be used interchangeably with ExfoliKate.  They work the same way, and both work well.  With this one, you rub it on your face for minute or so to physically exfoliate then let it sit for another few minutes for a chemical exfoliation.  I feel like you need the slightest bit more of the Dr. Brandt than ExfoliKate, but it’s still a pretty negligible amount to achieve results.  It works well, I like it, and I’m almost out of ExfoliKate.  This one will go in the shower when I do finally run out of the Somerville stuff.

Tory Burch Bel Azur:  This is my favorite of the Tory Burch perfumes, but I feel toward it the same way that I feel like other Tory Burch perfumes.  They smell nice, but a bit generic.  This one is citrusy, and there’s vetiver and bergamont in it, and really does remind me of the South of France and the Mediterranean.  This one doesn’t smell bad, and I’ll keep it around for a handy purse spray, but, for my money, there are better options out there.

This brings my yearly total to Sephora to $1,011.23.

Anyway, I’m off to eat cheese balls and Swedish meatballs at the seventies-themed cocktail bar up the street from my apartment before going home to binge on The Wire.  Speaking of that show, I realize I’m fifteen years late, but where have I been?  It is so well done, and I can’t recommend it enough!  Have a great day, lovelies!

–Jackie

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer. I. Just. Cannot.

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Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I can tolerate a lot of smells and tingles on my face for the sake of seeing if something might actually work well for me, but I just can’t with this crap.

I got it in a Sephora Play box, and I’m tossing it after seven or so uses.  There’s still a good bit of product left in the jar, but ugh.  The smell is so strong and pervasive, which is a gripe that I had with the GlamGlow Illiminating Moisturizer.  As soon as I removed the cap from this jar, the smell of cheap rose perfume filled my nostrils, and, as anyone who reads this blog knows by now, I freaking hate that smell.  I genuinely find it repulsive.  The smell lingers, too.  Rub it on your face, and you get the opportunity to smell old lady perfume each time you inhale for a breath for the next five minutes.  Sorry, but that’s not my cup of tea.

So, yeah, there’s that.  If it worked really well, I would almost be willing to tolerate the smell, but there’s one other problem that, when coupled with the noxious fumes, is a deal breaker.  This stuff stings.  No, not stings.  This stuff stright-up burns.  It makes my face burn in random places.  I pop any zits that crop up on my face, so a stinging around those areas wouldn’t really surprise me, but this crap made my whole face burn.  Forehead, cheeks, chin–everywhere.  And the stinging doesn’t go away quickly.  After ten minutes I still felt it.  At first I thought I was acclimitizing, but it didn’t go away.  Days later, this still burned when I would use it.  I can’t imagine how anyone could tolerate this.  In the garbage it goes.

And the price?  Sixty-nine dollars for two ounces!  They have to be kidding, right?  There’s no way in hell I would pay that for a moisturizer that smells like old-lady perfume and leaves me unable to tell if it actually, you know, moisturizes because my face is on fire.

No, no, no, no, no!  Spend your money elsewhere.

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer:  This is a flaming pile of sh*t.

–Jackie

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. We are in Like with One Another.

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I’m pretty devoted to Origins Checks and Balances face wash, so something big would have to happen for me to buy something over it.  Something big did happen one day when I went to the Oculus to buy my favorite face wash.  The Sephora there had only recently opened and they hadn’t stocked all of the products yet.  They have Origins when I go in now, but it wasn’t available four months ago.  They did have Clarins, so I got this instead of going to my usual store at Columbus Circle and dealing with rush hour subway traffic on the way home.

This stuff is good.  It’s gentle, and doesn’t break out my finicky skin.  It removes makeup well enough.  Foundation and day to day eyeshadow don’t stand a chance, but mascara and heavy eye makeup will stay behind.

I LOVE the way this smells.  I think it smells like cotton fields in the summer.  It smells so clean that I just adore it.  I would almost buy this over and over because I love the smell so much.

This retails for $26.00 for 4.4 ounces, which is a bit more expensive than my preferred face wash from Origins, but not so much that I wouldn’t purchase this again.  Overall, it’s just a good, gentle cleanser, and I feel like you can’t go wrong snagging this if your usual happens to be out of stock.

–Jackie

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream. Good, but Nope.

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This stuff got me through a pretty disastrous winter a little over a year ago, so I’m not about to speak ill of it.  All I am going to do is question if it is actually worth the price.

I suppose this is a product of getting older, but I’ve started to get dry skin around my eyes in the winter.  It can get quite irritating right along the outer edge.  I had never had this problem until that winter, and it is annoying to say the least.  I tried a couple of the anti-aging eye creams I had lying around the apartment, but they only seemed to make things worse.  After that I headed off to Sephora in search of a solution.

I remember that day quite well.  There was a really pushy Philosophy rep there that tried so hard to sell me on the Hope in a Jar eye cream.  I grabbed a bottle and walked away from her just to get away even though I didn’t really want to buy it.  I didn’t feel like spending fifty bucks on something I was almost certain would make the problem worse.  I held onto that stupid, little jar waiting for the Philosophy lady to wander away from the display so that I could put it back while I continued to look for an eye moisturizer.  I despise just dumping things back in random places and am a complete nut about putting things back exactly where I found them.  This extends to every area of my life.  Yeah, I’m neurotic.  I’m also pretty antisocial and was doing my best to avoid having to go back over there and tell her that I never wanted that stuff in the first place and ask her to put it back on the shelf.  I waited and waited for her to move away, agonizing over what I should do about that Philosophy jar, and I found this in the meantime.  It was $41.00 for a half ounce and it appeared to be a moisturizer and only a moisturizer.  I hoped it would be the answer to my prayers and decided to buy it.

I walked around for another few minutes waiting for this lady to move away from the display and then finally ended up dumping the Hope in a Jar by the Boscia products.  That was painful, but not as painful as human interaction at that point.  I was getting sweaty, and I could feel my heart starting to pound.  I headed to the checkout, paid for the Fresh eye cream and fled.

I knew it was going to smell like rose when I bought it so I mentally prepared myself for the offensiveness to my olfactories, and broke open the jar.  The skin around my eyes was red and raw, and if this stuff worked, I’d be willing to deal with smells.  I worked entirely too much product into my eyes until I couldn’t see it anymore.  To my great happiness, it worked, and it worked well.  It was instantly soothing–like a wave of relief.  The skin around my eyes felt great for hours, and within a week, the redness and irritation was gone.  At some point I decided to keep it in the fridge to add to the soothing factor, and that’s where it lived for months.  Jared would occasionally ask why I was keeping eye cream in the refrigerator and go back about his business.

It does smell like roses, but I don’t find it to be a total put-off.  I usually loathe the smell of roses, but I could deal with it in this cream and not just because it’s a total god-send for dry skin around the eyes.  It actually smells decent, and it’s not totally overwhelming.

I kept using it because I actually like it.  It isn’t designed to be an anti-aging product.  There’s nothing in it that irritates my eyes.  It’s just a moisturizer, and it performs wonderfully in that regard.  I got a little over a year out of a half ounce jar, and I used this almost every night.  It was totally worth the upfront cost if you’re worried about how long it will last.  A little bit of product goes a long way.  The smallest bit of product on the tip of a finger will cover my under eye area, and there’s a bit left over, so I just bring it into the socket.

I was ranting about eye creams to a friend of mine back in January when she told me that she finally got sick of looking for one and had just started using coconut oil.  I thought it sounded like an idea with a ton of potential, so I vowed to give it a try once I was out of this little jar.  I kept my promise, and, to be honest, coconut oil works basically as well as this at a fraction of the cost.  When the skin around my eyes gets dry these days, I just reach for the coconut oil.

I’m not going to buy this because coconut oil seems to be working as well as any eye moisturizer for me, but I wouldn’t tell anyone else to pass it up.  This is one product from Fresh that makes a real difference.  I will never forget the relief I felt when I started using this on that crappy winter day.  I have not clue what I would have done without it at the time.

I can’t recommend it enough if you have painfully dry skin around your eyes, but I would also just suggest trying coconut oil first.  You may find you’ll save a ton of money and you’ll have a vat of product that you can use on areas other than your eyes (or you can cook with it, if that’s your kind of thing).

That’s my take on this.  If you want it, buy it.  It’s a great product.  Just be aware that there are more affordable options that perform just as well.

Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Eye Cream:  Thank you for your service, but I don’t need another one.

–Jackie