Tuesday, March 3, 2015

L'Occitane Bonne Mere Soap (Milk)

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $7 for one bar

THE SKINNY: I love a shower experience that leaves me feeling calm, relaxed and just a little pampered.

L'Occitane Bonne Mere Soap (I used "Milk") fits the bill.

The creamy soap glides on and just makes skin feel soft and refreshed. It has a simple, light aroma and is ideal for every day use.

It comes in three scents and seems to be a better option for skin -- and the environment with L'Occitane's RSPO-certified pal oil.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Opt for L'Occitane's Bonne Mere Soap if you want to feel pampered or get a great spa-style gift for a friend.

-- Tested by Carrie

Monday, March 2, 2015

Shaveworks The Cool Fix Gel

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2 stars

COST: $25 for 5.3 ounces

THE SKINNY: So I used this stuff for a week and never really figured it out. The Cool Fix by Shaveworks is supposed to sooth skin after shaving to waxing and reduce redness and ingrown hairs.

I just did not see any results. And I felt like I was just adding on way too many products. (On days I shave my legs, lotion is a necessity.)

I did not notice a reduction in ingrown hairs either. I'm just not finding a benefit here.

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss.

CHECK IT OUT: Sephora shoppers seem to like Shaveworks The Cool Fix Gel. Maybe it works better with waxing than shaving?

-- Tested by Carrie

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser


RATING (out of 5 stars): 2.5 stars

COST: $75 for 4.1 ounces

THE SKINNY: I didn't really think anything about Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. It was very average.

And then I saw the price tag -- $75 for a cleanser! I had to be missing something, right?

From the manufacturer: "This gentle exfoliating cleansing treatment acts as a 4-in-1 product to thoroughly cleanse and improve glow while purifying, minimizing the appearance of pores and helping to protect the skin’s natural hydration balance. Free of soaps, alcohols and detergents, this cleanser clarifies with fresh enzymes, clays and essential oils, while microspherical beads polish the skin and reduce appearance of blackheads – all without stripping the skin of moisture."

Maybe I just did not get all that from a little packet. I have been a lot happier with $20 options. (Plus this one also seems a little difficult to find.)

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep, but I won't buy.

CHECK IT OUT: You can find Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser and more from the brand online.

-- Tested by Carrie

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chloe Love Story

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2 stars

COST: $75 for 1 ounce

THE SKINNY: Chloe Love Story is very classic scent that’s not for me. It reminds me of a fresh cut bouquet with some roses in it, even though the official notes include orange blossom oil, jasmine and cedar wood.

This is a heavy scent that lingers in your nostrils, so a little dab will go a long way.

KEEP OR TOSS: I like perfumes with citrus or woodsy scents, so this much floral isn’t for me.

CHECK IT OUT: Love Story's bottle design is based on the locks used throughout the Chloe brand.

-- Tested by Shay

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tarte Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $12 for 30 wipes

THE SKINNY: My eyes water in cold weather, so I typically wear a waterproof mascara during the winter. It can be a pain to take off, and most makeup wipes take a little elbow grease to get all the mascara off my lashes.

 Tarte’s Fresh Eyes Maracuja wipes take a lot less scrubbing and the oils leave the skin around my eyes feeling moisturized instead of sandblasted by cleanser. I’ve been impressed with how well they work — much like using a the perfect amount of liquid makeup remover.

These wipes are about two-thirds the size of a normal face wipe. They’re damp but not dripping wet.

Even better, they contain fruit extracts to help brighten the skin around the eyes. Who doesn’t need that?

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep

CHECK IT OUT: Tarte Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes are biodegradable, too.

-- Tested by Shay