An Apple a Week: Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel

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I like treating myself to a simple, at-home (read: amateur) facial treatment on Sundays. I used to give myself weekly manicures on Sunday as well, but that habit went on a looong hiatus when my son, T-Rex (not what we named him, but what he goes by these days), came along. I just couldn’t make the manis last. I blame all the washing of binkys, bottles, sippy cups, booties (both socks and his actual booty), and everything else (literally everything has crayon, crumbs, or juice on it). I hate those yellow rubber gloves, so nail polish doesn’t stand a chance. The nails are naked; the cuticles have gone wild. The “facial” still happens though–most weeks anyway. Probably because I can still wash stuff with products on my face…

Since I do this little beauty ritual in the morning, there isn’t makeup to remove. So I start by gently cleansing with my konjac sponge and warm water. (I use a Dew Puff, reviewed here. And if you haven’t tried a konjac sponge, I encourage you to do so. Water + sponge + a solid 1.5 minutes of effort=visible improvement in skin.) Then I apply Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength ($45, 2 oz). This is a relatively new acquisition. Prior to this, I was using Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask ($50, 1.7 oz). The Ren is a nice product and the company does avoid a lot of nasty ingredients. But I wanted to look for something that had organic ingredients so I did not repurchase. My research for a replacement led me to right to JB’s Green Apple Peel. These products are both well-regarded and I have had similar results using them. However, I do prefer the Juice Beauty Mask because of the ingredients, the price versus quantity, and because my skin feels a bit a softer and more refined after use. I also have one sunspot that I have been watching and it does look lighter. So all in all, I have been really happy with this purchase and am planning to explore a few other Juice Beauty product offerings.

Here is how Juice Beauty describes the Green Apple Peel:

  • Evens skin tone and texture with a spa grade exfoliation from a potent patented dose of alpha hydroxy acids (malic, citric & tartaric from organic fruits, glycolic and lactic acids) and beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid from willow bark).
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation and dark spots with alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids.
  • Smoothes fine lines with Vitamin A.
  • Fights free radical skin damage with antioxidant-rich resveratrol from grapeseed.
  • Provides essential nutrients to promote healthy cellular turnover & healing with Vitamins A, C & E.

Our formulations are made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Our products are never tested on animals. (Read the full list of ingredients here.)

This is not a product for those with sensitive skin (Juice Beauty has a sensitive skin version) or for people with rosacea. I did experience mild tingling and my skin is pink after use  (this is something they tell you to expect). The the pinkness fades quickly. I actually was able to leave it on a bit longer than the recommended ten minutes and removed it with a wet washcloth to reveal a brighter complexion.  By the way, while they direct you to apply a generous layer, I did a thin layer and if worked fine, so if you like to conserve product to get your money’s worth, go for it.  Juice Beauty’s website says you can use it up to twice weekly. This is something I have been wanting to do and if I get around to it, I’ll post an update. Oh and remember—exfoliating with acids does make you more sensitive to sun, so do use sunscreen!

I am going to close with a little confession. The third part of my at home facial involves a dirty product that I am having trouble breaking up with: Fresh Rose Face Mask. Roses, aloe, and cucumber (and other stuff) combine to form a cool gel mask that refreshes and tones the face so darn beautifully. It is such a pleasure to use. But alas, it has parabens and other not so favorable ingredients. Fresh, if you are reading this, please clean up your ingredients. Please! This product is just so bee-yoo-tee-full. But I have to quit it. And I will. In the meantime, a clean (cooling, rose infused, jelly-like) alternative is needed stat, so if you know of one, please share.

 

 

Off We Go: Studio 78 Paris Concealer

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Covet. That would describe my reaction to reading the reviews of the Studio 78 Paris “Off We Go” concealer. The shade “at dawn” (which is the lighter of the two shades they offer) has been sold out for months. But patience is a virtue (especially when paired with the ability to stalk your most coveted items online). And my patience and stalking paid off–I recently scored one of these little suckers from www.beauteabar.com ($34). After all, people are on the internets saying this is a holy grail concealer. Better than their dirty concealers. This had to be investigated.

So where to begin? The packaging, the color, the coverage, the ingredients? No. Let us begin with the texture. It’s unlike any concealer I have tried. It’s a cream, but not greasy. It’s dry, but it’s not too dry or too powdery. How? And can they please make a foundation version of this now. Now! It’s velvet. It’s cashmere. It’s…well, here is how they describe it:

 This creamy concealer lightly covers dark circles and imperfections while moisturizing, regenerating and revitalizing the eye area.

 The organic WHEAT GERM OIL contained in the texture is known for its anti-age effect, smoothing and revitalizing properties. Enriched in organic SESALINE and OLIVE OIL EXTRACT, this concealer moisturizes and regenerates the epiderm.

100% of the total of the ingredients are natural

20% of the total of the ingredients are from organic farming

More about the ingredients here.

The “at dawn” shade is suitable for light to light-medium skin tones. It has a yellow undertone. This cashmere-textured little gem requires some attention when it comes to application. Moisturize first and let it sink in. Apply with a fluffy concealer brush in thin layers. (See my review of the Ecotools Airbrush Concealer Brush here). Because I also place concealer in the inner corner and a bit on the lid, I find it helps to make sure there isn’t any excess on the eyelid in the crease area (or you’ll see some product bunched up there later in the day). The coverage is very natural and matte and lasts all day. I think the matte finish helps underplay puffiness and other issues. And I just prefer matte finishes generally, so this is right up my alley. We like!

 

 

We have a winner!

Just a quickie to tell you that Erin from Iowa won the cheap thrills raffle! It was announced via twitter on Friday, but I wanted to post here as well. Many thanks to all who participated.

Coming soon–a review of Juice Beauty’s Apple Peel and Studio 78 Paris’ concealer–which has developed a bit of a cult following. Is it deserved? Stay tuned!