Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2 stars

COST: $41

THE SKINNY: I'll admit I'm not a big Origins fan because I find their products always seem a little, well, dingy, for lack of a better word. Mega-Bright is no exception.

The yellowish lotion quickly turned gloopy and gritty. And while it was OK as a moisturizer, it didn't really do much to brighten or soothe dark circles under my eyes. (With two puppies in the house, I have a lot of dark-circle mornings.)

Meh.

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss.

CHECK IT OUT: Origins' Mega-Bright line includes a serum, cleanser and moisturizer.

-- Tested by Shay


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kate Somerville Restor8

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $165 for 1 ounce

THE SKINNY: Wow. Products such as Kate Somerville's Restor8 serum are the real reason samples were invented. We get to play around with a product most of us could never afford.

Restor8 is a thick and creamy serum that made my face feel nice and soft and gave it a bit of extra glow. This is a little thicker than I normally like for a daytime moisturizer, but it's perfect for night.

The serum targets eight signs of aging, evens out skin tone and plumps up dull skin.

I was impressed, and then I choked when I saw the price.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: If you have the money for this, Kate Somerville offers an auto-replenish option.

-- Tested by Shay

Monday, December 15, 2014

Clean Cool Cotton

RATING (out of 5 stars): 2 stars

COST: Starting at $20 for a rollerball

THE SKINNY: Clean's Cool Cotton fragrance is a light, fruity scent that would probably be better as an air freshener than a perfume.

The top notes are orange, apple and lemon, and it's almost an off-putting combination.

Luckily, the scent doesn't overpower and fades fairly quickly.

KEEP OR TOSS: Toss. It's not for me and probably not for winter, either.

CHECK IT OUT: Explore all the sizes available at the Clean website.

-- Tested by Shay

Friday, December 12, 2014

12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $20 for 6 ounces

THE SKINNY: I had never heard of the 12 Benefits line of products until I got this little bottle in a recent Glossybox. But 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment is a keeper.

This leave-in goes on wet hair before styling to help correct damage and protect your hair (including color!).

The 12 benefits include: Seal hair color, smooth frizz, repair damage, prevent split ends, moisturize dry hair, strengthen fragile hair, prevent flat iron damage, prevent chlorine, wind and sun damage, add shine, softness and a silky finish, protect hair from blow-drying , improve detangling and manageability and keep hair youthful.


I can't attest to them all but I love that this product fights the frizzies and winter static. That alone makes it a great find in my book!
Seal hair color + Smooth frizz + Repair damage + Prevent split ends + Moisturize dry hair + Strengthen fragile hair + Prevent flat iron damage + Prevent chlorine, wind & sun damage + Add shine, softness and a silky finish + Protect hair from blow-drying + Improve detangling & manageability + Keep hair youthful - See more at: http://12benefits.com/instant-healthy-hair-treatment/#sthash.ZzzGd9Di.dpuf
Seal hair color + Smooth frizz + Repair damage + Prevent split ends + Moisturize dry hair + Strengthen fragile hair + Prevent flat iron damage + Prevent chlorine, wind & sun damage + Add shine, softness and a silky finish + Protect hair from blow-drying + Improve detangling & manageability + Keep hair youthful - See more at: http://12benefits.com/instant-healthy-hair-treatment/#sthash.ZzzGd9Di.dpuf
Seal hair color + Smooth frizz + Repair damage + Prevent split ends + Moisturize dry hair + Strengthen fragile hair + Prevent flat iron damage + Prevent chlorine, wind & sun damage + Add shine, softness and a silky finish + Protect hair from blow-drying + Improve detangling & manageability + Keep hair youthful - See more at: http://12benefits.com/instant-healthy-hair-treatment/#sthash.ZzzGd9Di.dpuf

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Learn more about this brand if it's new to you (it was for me).

-- Tested by Carrie

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3.5 stars

COST: $60 for 1.7 ounces

THE SKINNY: Vitamin C products seem to be something your skin will either love or hate. I like them a lot and Murad Essential-C Day Moisture was no exception.

The cream went on easy and kept my skin soft while protecting from the sun. (A product with sunscreen is a must!)

The only real problem with this product for me is the price in comparison to other moisturizers. This one is expensive. The Murad brand is good but it can be tough to drop that kind of money on just a cleanser.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: This is part of the multi-step Murad Essential C line. We reviewed the cleanser as well. You can buy from Murad (look for a free gift) or retailers such as Ulta or Sephora.

-- Tested by Carrie