As mentioned previously, I purchased two of these Love Your Skin sets from Ulta. I just couldn’t resist since I thought $30 was a good deal to be able to try out nine different brands and products. They might be travel sized, but that still only adds up to just over $3 for each product. Both sets were equally appealing to me, so that’s why I got them both. You may have already seen the first set I posted about. This is the second.
Murad: Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture
Retail price: $75 (1.7 oz.)
Initial thoughts: I’ve never heard of this brand before, but I see that it’s really expensive. I didn’t see anything special about this moisturizer. It had no smell, and it got the job done, but there are other moisturizers that do the same that are a lot cheaper.
Perricone MD: Face Finishing Moisturizer
Retail price: $69 (2 oz.)
Initial thoughts: I’ve heard good things about this brand, so I was excited to try one of their products. The moisturizer has a very light generic lotion smell to it, but it left my face feeling soft afterwards.
Goodal: Moisture Barrier Eye Cream
Retail price: $30 (1 oz.)
Initial thoughts: I really like this eye cream. It’s not too thick and rubs on and absorbs nicely. The skin under my eyes feels hydrated. I like to use this before bed. I don’t quite like it as much as the eye cream in the last set, but it’s also a lot cheaper.
Juice Beauty: Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer
Retail price: $50 (2 oz.)
Initial thoughts: This moisturizer has a very tarty green apple smell to it. I wasn’t sure what to think of it at first, but it grew on me. One thing I don’t like about this one, however, is that it absorbs into the skin before you’re able to evenly spread it. It also leaves a slightly sticky residue. I don’t know that I would really buy this in the future. Especially since it’s quite expensive.
Peter Thomas Roth: Irish Moor Mud Purifying Cleansing Gel
Retail price: $38 (8.5 oz.)
Initial thoughts: I love Peter Thomas Roth products, so I was quite excited to try this. I’ve tried the Irish Moor Mud Mask, and although it’s not one of my most favorite masks (especially compared to other PTR masks), I was still eager to try this cleanser. Like the bottle, it’s black in color, but it turns into a grayish color and foams up upon contact with water. It smells like charcoal, so it’s not the greatest smell, but it does a good job of cleaning my face. Overall, I’m happy with this cleanser.
Exuviance: Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish
Retail price: $72 (2.6 oz.)
Initial thoughts: This face mask has a very floral scent, and it smells amazing. (I would love to have a lotion in this scent). It has a gritty texture that isn’t too rough on the skin, but does a good job of exfoliating. I rubbed this on my skin in circles for about 30 seconds, and then I left it sit on for 2 minutes. During that time, it did make my skin tingle and sting slightly, but that was probably the acids doing their job. My skin didn’t look red or irritated after I washed it off, and my skin was super soft and looked refreshed. I would definitely buy this again if it wasn’t so expensive.
Mario Badescu: Glycolic Acid Toner
Retail price: $18 (8 oz.)
Initial thoughts: The last set included the Glycolic Acid Cleanser, so it’s nice to have the toner to go with it. It’s a nice little pair. It leaves my skin feeling tingly, and so far I like it. Like the cleanser, I’ll only use this about twice a week.
StriVectin: Intensive Concentrate For Wrinkles & Stretch Marks
Retail price: $139 (4.5 oz.)
Initial thoughts: I don’t have many wrinkles so this isn’t a product I particularly need right now. However, I do have some stretch marks on my legs, so I decided to put some on there. Time will tell if this helps fade them or not, but I will say that I loved the smell of this cream. It smells just like Andes mints! I was pleasantly surprised and excited by that. (If you don’t know what Andes mints are, they are candies that have a layer of mint and a layer of chocolate). You can also use this as an anti-aging facial moisturizer. For this price though, unless it works miracles I probably won’t purchase in the future.
Nyakio: Maracuja & Yangu Soothing Oil
Retail price: $42 (1 oz.)
Initial thoughts: I’m generally not a big fan of facial oils because I don’t like my face feeling oily/greasy. I tried the Tarte Maracuja oil and just didn’t particularly care for it. I will say that I liked this oil better. I put this on underneath my makeup, and my face didn’t feel too greasy. I also really liked the smell of this. It reminds me of a summer day at the pool.