Hydra-Total 5 Ultra-Even Ritual

Hey Everyone!

I know I haven’t been posting in a long time, life catches up with us and things slip away. However, I wanted to come write a post about some products that I received for free so that I could try them and write some reviews. Just as a note, the fact that I received these for free does not impact my opinion on these products and so everything you will read is my honest opinion.

The products that I received are from a new skincare line from L’Oreal called Hydra-Total 5. There are several different options but the line that I received was the Ultra-Even line, meant to help even out skin tone as well as hydrating, illuminating, and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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There are four products in the Ultra-Even line: a scrub, a toner, a lotion, and a moisturizer. I have been testing all four products out since I received them and have been able to form an opinion on them now.

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First, we have the Ultra-Even Scrub. L’Oreal claims that this scrub will cleanse, exfoliate, even skin tone, illuminate, and smooth. I have been using this scrub twice a day, once when I wake up, and once before I go to bed. I was a little bit worried about the texture of the scrub, since it is finely milled, I didn’t want it to be too abrasive of an exfoliant. This is especially true because for some reason lately, I’ve been breaking out which is unusual for me, and I didn’t want this scrub to be irritating my problem areas.

I have really been enjoying the texture of this scrub! It doesn’t feel too harsh but is exfoliating enough to feel like it’s really cleaning your face. My face definitely feels clean after using it and does feel smooth, although it is still important to make sure you moisturize after using it. I have normal skin that isn’t sensitive to new products so I can’t speak to other skin types, but I am quite enjoying this and think that it will replace my regular face scrub!

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The next product that I was sent is the Ultra-Even Toner. This toner is said to tone, remove impurities, even skin tone, illuminate, and smooth. Now, I use toners every day, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not sure they do all that they claim. This isn’t referring to this toner specifically, but rather toners in general. I’m not sure if the product can illuminate and smooth your skin or not. What I look for in a toner, is whether it helps get extra residue off of my skin and out of my pores so that my moisturizer can be more effective.

I have been using this toner twice a day as well, immediately after cleansing both morning and night. I do notice that there is extra stuff coming off of my face when I use this toner so I consider it a success! It does have a scent to it that reminds me of a lemon household cleaner but I kind of like the smell. The only problem is the use of alcohol in the toner which isn’t great for the skin but isn’t a complete deal breaker for me. This isn’t the best toner I’ve ever used but I do like it so I think I would repurchase.

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Next up, we have the Ultra-Even Lotion. This lotion has SPF 20 which is absolutely great because it seems like not enough skincare lines place a focus on including SPF. This one claims to moisturize, even skin tone, protect, illuminate, and smooth. I always worry a little bit about the consistency of products with SPF. I find that they can be thick and gummy, and don’t spread or absorb very well. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this product. It spreads nicely, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t have much of a scent. I have been using this only in the morning between my toner and moisturizer and have been quite happy with it. This is another product that I would repurchase.

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Finally, we received the Ultra-Even moisturizer which is said to moisturize, reduce dark spots, even skin tone, illuminate, and smooth. This product is quite a bit thicker than the lotion and that worried me a little bit in terms of spread and absorption once again. I don’t like moisturizers to take a long time to absorb because in the morning, I hate waiting forever to be able to put my makeup on. This moisturizer absorbs so quickly though, it was astonishing! I am really happy with this moisturizer, I feel like it has been improving the dryness in my skin since I’ve been using it which is really important since the winter air is so hard on my face. I would repurchase this one too!

I have been making a conscious effort to be using all of these products so that I can give an effective review of them. The only product outside of this line that I’ve been using is my eye cream, and that’s just because this line does not have it’s own eye cream. I have found all of the products in this line to be effective and would repurchase all of them! Like I said, I have normal skin without sensitivities so I would recommend the product to people of similar skin type but can not speak to how it would work for others. I would say this product is definitely worth trying out and it is relatively low cost in the realm of skin care which is great!

Thanks for reading!

xo Amanda

#5Works #Beyond Hydration

 

 

Project Pan 2015

So, recently I have become obsessed with watching Project Pan Youtube videos (don’t ask me why). It made me think that with the new year, I may want to do my own Project Pan through 2015. With any luck, I will remember to do either monthly or bimonthly updates so you can see how far I have gotten.

It’s not that I have a massive collection of make up but with my subscription boxes and holiday gifts, I have a lot of things that are going to be pushed to the side. I want to make sure that I use up my older products so that I don’t end up having to trash all of them. Since I am giving myself a full year for this, I have a huge list of about 35 (maybe?) products to try and finish! I know that I won’t be able to finish all of them. Some will be easy to finish and others will not so for some I would at least like to make some good progress!

Now to introduce the products that will be featured in Project Pan 2015!

LIPS

Revlon Honey

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Honey

This is a nice neutral lip colour and these lip pencils wear quite nicely. I bought a few colours a few years ago but have kind of gotten away from using them. I think this will be the easiest of the Revlon colours to use up.

Revlon Sweetheart

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Sweetheart

This pencil is quite a bright pink. I think I will have to wait until the spring/summer to start using this more. Just like the Honey pencil, this colour wears fairly well so I won’t mind trying to use it up.

Revlon Romantic

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Romantic

This is a nice sheer red colour that can be built up. I tend to wear it as a more sheered out colour so it will take a little while to get through it. I think I can pull this off all year though so hopefully I will be able to get through it.

Covergirl Marble

Covergirl Nature Luxe Gloss Balm in Marble

If I make sure that I am using this balm regularly than it shouldn’t be a problem at all getting through it. It is discontinued now, and I have had it for a few years so I really need to get through it. This applies as a sheer pink so it is easy to wear all the time.

The Face Shop Strawberry Jam

The Face Shop Dessert Lip Balm in Strawberry Jam

This was another Memebox acquisition. I don’t mind this but find it more of a gloss kind of consistency than a balm. It isn’t bad but it’s not my favourite. I may be able to use it as my post teeth brushing balm but I will have to see.

NYX Apple Strudel

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

I really do love these Butter Glosses. I got this particular colour in my first Ipsy bag and I liked it so much that I bought a couple of other colours. I am just trying to clear out some space in my lip collection so I would like to use these up. This one is a light peachy pink.

NYX Eclair

NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair

Once again, really like the formula of these glosses, I am just trying to declutter my collection a little bit. Eclair is a nice neutral pink.

NYX Peaches & Cream

NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream

This is the last of my Butter Glosses. It is the same as the others, I am just making space in my collection. Peaches and Cream is a pinkish coral colour.

The Body Shop Peach

The Body Shop Lip Gloss in Vineyard Peach

I bought this to qualify for some kind of deal at The Body Shop. I can’t quite remember what the deal was but I thought that Peach would be nice. It isn’t too bad. For the most part I actually forget I have it which isn’t a great thing. I am going to make a conscious effort to try and use this up.

EYES

GOSH White

GOSH Eyeshadow in White

I bought this from a sale bin at Shopper’s Drug Mart so many years ago that I can’t quite remember how long ago it was. It probably isn’t just called White but I can’t see the colour name anymore. The problem is that I only use it as a brow bone and inner corner highlight so it doesn’t get used up very quickly. I hit pan a little while ago so I am hoping that through this year I can really make some progress with it.

Rimmel Jet Black

Rimmel Kohl Pencil in Jet Black

I used to use this as my primary eye pencil all the time. Then I got into liquid liners and haven’t really touched this since then. It has maybe a little over half left so I am hoping I can tight line with it and use it up before too long.

L'Oreal Pure Espresso

L’Oreal Color Riche Pencil in Pure Espresso

I bought this right before I started using liquid liners so it has hardly been used. I may do the same thing with this as the Rimmel and use it to tight line.

Pacifica Fringe

Pacifica Natural Eye Pencil in Fringe

I got this eye pencil in an Ipsy bag and I honestly don’t love the colour. It is a sort of reddish brown which I haven’t quite figured out how to make work for me yet. Thankfully it isn’t a full sized pencil so there is less to work through.

Falsies Blackest Black

Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Blackest Black

I love this mascara, I have just gotten caught up with samples I keep getting. I have other mascaras waiting to be opened but I need to try and use this up a little bit before I get into those.

Falsies Brownish Black

Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Brownish Black

I tend to wear my brownish mascaras more in the spring/summer when everything feels a bit lighter so I haven’t been using this for awhile. I should try and use it for low key days or even some work days.

Falsies Flared

Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara in Very Black

My mom gave me this one and I haven’t tried it yet, hopefully I will like it and will be able to get through it.

FACE

Benefit Erase Paste

Benefit Erase Paste in Fair

This isn’t my favourite concealer. I have terrible hereditary dark circles so I am constantly on the hunt to find a concealer that will cover them up a little bit. I have used a bunch of this but don’t love it. I will force myself to use it but won’t be thrilled about it.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in #2

This is similar to the Erase Paste in its history with me. In hindsight, I’m pretty sure I bought the wrong colour for this so that doesn’t help. I also find this concealer a bit goopy which I don’t love. I have hit pan on this so hopefully I will be able to finish it within the year.

Nivea Night Care

Nivea Moisturizing Night Care

This is the night cream that I used for a really long time. There isn’t anything wrong with it and I had just bought a new one when I got my first Memeboxes. In these boxes there were new creams that I started trying right away. I loved the Korean creams way more but don’t want to waste the cream I already had opened. I am just using this until it runs out so I can go back to using that other cream.

Derma E BB Creme

Derma E BB Creme in Light Tint

This came in an Ipsy bag I believe and I don’t mind it. I find that the product pills a little on my face but that may be my face cream interacting badly with it. I will be interested in experimenting to see the best way to apply this. I think I will be able to finish this by the end of the year.

The Face Shop Pink Cushion

The Face Shop Blusher in Pink Cushion

I kind of hate this colour to be honest. It is a bit bubblegum pinkish and I find it hard to blend out. I am hoping there isn’t much in this pan so it doesn’t take too long to get through. I will probably wait until spring/summer to wear it so it doesn’t look too light.

How Bout Them Apples Pie

The Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples? in Pie

This is a teeny sample that came in either my Ipsy or Topbox, I can’t quite remember. I think it might have been my Topbox. Since it is so small, it shouldn’t take me too long to get through.

ELF Mineral Blemish Powder

ELF Mineral Blemish Powder in Clear

I haven’t been using this and there is a ton left. I think I might use it as a translucent powder when I use the BB Creme.

BODY

BBW Strawberry Sparkler

Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Strawberry Sparkler

I have had this shower gel for absolute ages. Proabably 2 years at least. I got it as a Christmas present and just keep forgetting I have it. I need to use it up because I feel bad just leaving it sitting in the cabinet forever.

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Fortune Cookie Soap Mist Me in Beetle Breath

This came as part of my Third Time’s the Charm collection bundle. I don’t mind the scent, it is a kind of carnival scent with popcorn. It just isn’t my preferred scent for daytime wear. I typically spray myself with it before bed so that is good. I just hope I can finish it off. I have marked the current fill line and I will update this with each of my update posts.

Lush Lemony Flutter

LUSH Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

I bought this while we were on vacation in May because my cuticles were a mess. I don’t actually like using it for my cuticles but rather my feet. I cover my feet in this and then put socks over top. I do like this cream but I’m not sure I would repurchase.

The Face Shop Hand Cream

The Face Shop Hand Cream 

I don’t love the scent of this and I find it can take awhile to absorb into my skin. Most of the times I want to use it are when I’m on my laptop and don’t want to get my keyboard all greasy so I end up just not using it. The container is fairly small so if I try hard than it shouldn’t take too long to get through it.

Swankified

Fortune Cookie Soap Perfume Oil in Swankified

I received this perfume oil from FCS because they had accidentally scent me the unscented version of the walnut scrub. Normally it is in the Swankified scent so they scent me this to scent the scrub and then keep the rest of the oil to use as a perfume oil. I actually do prefer the scent when it is mixed with my body chemistry. It smells like banana bread which is great but it’s another one I don’t prefer for daytime wear. I am going to use it as my pre-bed perfume. It is hard to see in this picture but on the left hand side at the top of the label, I have marked this fill line with black marker. This will be easier to see as the volume decreases.

There's No Place Like Home

Fortune Cookie Soap Perfume Oil in There’s No Place Like Home

We got this scent in the FCS cookie for the fall box and I absolutely loved it. However, as a perfume oil it wasn’t my favourite. I’ve been using it to scent my bath water so it shouldn’t take me long to finish this off. The fill line on this one is easier to see, it is just left of the witches hat. This one is obviously a lot lower than the Swankified perfume oil.

Nivea Soft

Nivea Soft Lotion

I bought this after trying some that a coworker had and I loved it! However, right after I bought this, I got into FCS and bought a bunch of their whipped creams so this lotion got a little bit forgotten. I will start using it as my post-shower lotion until it is gone.

HAIR

KMS Free Shape

KMS Free Shape

This is a spray for thermal protection and quicker blow drying. I very, very rarely blow dry my hair so it has been sitting around since I got it. I may make a point of using it just as a thermal spray. The fill line can be seen on this bottle too.

John Frieda Frizz Ease

John Frieda Secret Weapon

I got this in my Fall 2014 Sample Source box and it is a decent sized sample. It is used to tame frizz on straight hair so I could get some use out of it, I just need to make an effort to use it.

Pantene Age Defy

Pantene Age Defy

I really prefer to not use products in my hair because my hair is fine and can be easily weighed down. Mom got this as a sample and gave it to me, it is supposed to give you more volume. It is just a sample size so I will give it a try.

HOME

BBW Lilac Blossom

Bath and Body Works Room Spray in Lilac Blossom

I love the scent of this spray but it is very strong so I prefer to use it in the spring/summer when the windows are open and things are more breezy. I have sprayed this before and my mom thought she somehow hadn’t noticed that our lilac trees had blossomed so it is a very realistic scent. I’ve had it for a couple years so I would like to get through it.

BBW Flannel

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle in Flannel

I got this candle for my birthday this year. I’m not sure if it is one that I would have picked up for myself but I do really like the scent. My family is quite scent sensitive so I can’t burn it for too long at a time because it is quite strong. I would describe this as a kind of manly, woodsy scent.

BBW Cranberry Woods

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle in Cranberry Woods

This was another birthday gift this year. I have had this scent before and I like it quite a bit. Once again, I can only burn this for little bits at a time because my family is sensitive to scents.

Woodwick Pumpkin Butter

Woodwick 22 oz. Candle in Pumpkin Butter

I have had this candle for forever, at least a couple of years. I really do love this candle. I love the scent and the woodwick aspect of it. It has a burn time of about 120 hours and I am nowhere near being done with it.

I am hoping to finish off a lot of these products and get really far with the rest. Hopefully writing updates for this project will hold me accountable in meeting my goal!

xo Amanda