I don't normally post about makeup, but when Marc Jacobs Beauty says they want to send you something for free, before it's released: you say yes. I've never purchased any Marc Jacobs Beauty products for myself, but have certainly drooled over their eyeshadows and packaging in general. The boxes are glossy, the tubes have a nice weight to them, and are so photogenic! From 2010 to 2018, I used Blinc mascara exclusively. It's also pretty pricy but it's physically incapable of smudging, which is a huge deal for me since my oily skin leads to panda eyes. It could also be removed easily with warm water (or tears lol) and didn't leave any residue. After so many years of use, I was skeptical when Glossier released their take on mascara last year, but it lived up to the hype! Natural looking, lengthening, stays in place but removes when you want it to. It was fun to try the new Velvet Primer + fancy mascara, since I don't tend to go for a dramatic lash, but I don't know if it's really for me. The two step process is fussy and the primer stands out on my naturally dark eyelashes if it's not completely covered. I went in for another coat after the last photo. It was hard to not have my lashes look clumpy, and I had fallout and slight panda vibes by end of day. Not for me.
SATURDAY SKIN Waterfall Glacier Water Cream is my Holy Grail moisturizer! It's a light, cool jelly that melts into the skin but instead of just evaporating, it leaves my skin bouncy and hydrated all day. After using this cream for a few weeks, I also noticed that my skin was visibly brightened ✨ this product is fragrance free
I recognized the Dual Acid Clarifying Peel as Neostrata's answer to Drunk Elephant's cult classic BabyFacial Peel. DE's at home peel has an AHA/BHA acid levels of around 27%, making it too spicy to be sold in Canada, while Neostrata's Dual Acid Clarifying Peel 20% AHA/PHA blend brings it in at our legal limit for retail acid treatments. Major differences, besides the ingredients, are the consistency and the scent. BabyFacial has no discernible scent (maybe a bit sour?) and is a light caramel coloured cream that spreads fairly easily and sticks to skin. Neostrata's Dual Acid Clarifying Peel has a very thin consistency. The packaging said to apply with cotton pad but that seemed wasteful and that you wouldn't get much product onto the skin. I applied mine in layers by dropping a bit onto my skin and massaging it all over my face until it dried, and then would reapply. This treatment also has an extremely strong minty smell, not sure that this would be suitable for people with sensitive skin or even an aversion to scent. Post-rinse my skin felt slightly smoother, but not as smooth as when I've used DE's BabyFacial. That said, Neostrata's Peel is supposed to be used three times per week, while BabyFacial is only supposed to be used once.
FRAMBOOLOUS!! An all business acid serum that helps melt away dead skin and prevent breakouts! Cute packaging too. Make sure to use a good moisturizer with this one, and maybe steer clear if you have sensitive skin.
The cleanser is the obvious inspiration for Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser, and is somewhat similar –minus the rosewater. The lotion is good but I would recommend it for use on the body instead of on the face.