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Review: BENTON Snail Bee High Content Skin & Steam Cream

9 Dec

We’ll review two products today. These products were sent to me as a reward for being one of the best reviewers for Benton’s Sun Cream before. I wanted to try this line ever since they were released. I still had hesitations although they’re hyped. *sensitive skin problems*

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Snail Bee High Content Skin

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DESCRIPTION:
SNAIL BEE HIGH CONTENT Skin is for all types of skin including sensitive and troubled skin. Snail Secretion Filtrate, Bee Venom, sh-Oligopeptide-1, and various botanical extracts are further added to improve rough and skin. Containing Niacinamide and Adenosine, this multifunctional skin toner helps achieve a bright and smooth complexion while moisturizing and soothing.

INGREDIENTS:
Aqua (Water), Snail Secretion Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, sh-Oligopeptide-1, Bee Venom, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ulmus Campestris (Elm) Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Althaea Rosea Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Betaine, Panthenol, Beta-Glucan, Allantoin, Adenosine, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin

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PROS:
– Fairly priced, 900 pesos (around $18)
– Locally available on BeautyMNL
– Huge bottle, 150 ml
– Lightweight and watery
– Simple plastic packaging
– Fragrance-free
– Packed with natural ingredients
– Non sticky
– Can be used as a toner or light moisturizer

CONS:
– Triggered my dermatitis

It has a lot of great ingredients and fragrance-free. It feels lightweight just like water. To me, it felt a bit warm and sticky after application but doesnt last long. You will get your money’s worth if it wont cause any negative reaction. I was satisfied with the healing properties. It helps to heal existing acne slowly. Yes, slowly but it helps to reduce hyperpigmentation.

The shelf life is 6 months after opening. I think that’s enough time to use it all up. Unless you’re switching to different products. I really really want to finish the whole bottle but I can’t. It triggered my dermatitis resulting to rashes and acne. I’m planning to use it on the neck area so it wont go to waste.

 


SNAIL BEE HIGH CONTENT STEAM CREAM

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DESCRIPTION:
SNAIL BEE HIGH CONTENT STEAM CREAM is for all types of skin including sensitive and troubled skin. Snail Secretion Filtrate, Bee Venom, sh-Oligopeptide-1, Hyaluronic Acid and various botanical extracts are used to improve rough skin. The creamy formula, blended at high temperature using steam method, provides long-lasting moisture. Containing Niacinamide and Adenosine, this multifunctional cream helps achieve a bright and smooth complexion, while moisturizing and soothing

INGREDIENTS:
Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Stearic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Phytosqualane, sh-Oligopeptide-1, Bee Venom, Arbutin, Adenosine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Arginine,Carbomer Urea, Tocopheryl Acetate, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract,Ulmus Campestris (Elm) Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract

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PROS:
– Fairly priced at
– Simple plastic packaging
– Fragrance-free
– Doesn’t feel warm
– Doesn’t feel heavy
– Doesn’t make my skin oilier
– Moisturizes skin instantly
– Did not trigger my dermatitis

CONS:
– None

This cream also has 6 months shelf life. It helps to heal existing acne. Faster than the Skin variant. I was more skeptical to try this compared to the product above. It’s because I stay away from using creams. I think they’re all heavy especially for my skin type. I prefer essence and serums. I have dry patches lately. This cream worked really well to moisturize those areas.

I tried a technique so I can use it for the whole face. After washing my face, I dont wipe the excess water. I proceed to the toning step. Skin is still wet after toning. That’s the time I apply this cream. It’s absorbed quicker and feels lighter. This is my current moisturizer. I use this during daytime when I don’t have heavy activities. I’m glad this didn’t trigger my dermatitis. I’m using this for a week straight already without needing my steroid cream. Yaaas!

I’m very pleased with Steam Cream. I really want the High Content Skin to work out too.  You can check out the rest of this line here. I’m thankful to Benton for letting me try their products. Their products have short shelf life compared to other brands. That’s when you know they’re using quality ingredients.☺

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October Faves: ASMR, Makeup, Skin & Body Care

28 Oct

I’m back with my latest favorites!☺ It’s been weeks since I posted on this blog. I received messages on Facebook this month and that inspired me. Hello Maggie and Jacqueline!☺

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ASMR

I listen to Autonomous sensory meridian response or ASMR before going to sleep. It gives me a tingling feeling mostly on the head/hair. At first, I thought it was weird but it really is effective. I just dont know how will I explain this to someone in real life. Haha! It relaxes my mind and body. My favorite artists are MassageASMR, ASMRsurge, ASMRsoundspace, Rapunzel, My favorite sounds are hair cut, slow tapping, lids, ear cleaning, metal dental picks and kinetic sand.

Makeup

Dermacol Make-up cover in 110
I ordered 2 testers of this raved foundation. I chose 110 because it leans to yellow undertone. It’s not full coverage in my opinion but I use less concealer over it. It’s creamy and easy to blend. I have combination skin now. It can accentuate dry areas. So be sure to moisturize especially for dry skin. It’s a stage makeup. I look “snatched” when I use it. Skin looks smooth and totally flat without blush and contour. The longevity is good too.

Skin Care

Purederm Q-10 Makeup Cleansing Tissues
My favorite makeup remover isnt available for a month now. I needed to find a replacement that’s less than 100 pesos. This variant is 89 pesos in Watsons/SM Department Store. The others like Collagen & Argan is at 108 pesos. I really cant tell the difference in the ingredients. I always go for the cheapest. 😛

Desert Essence Cleansing Bar Tea Tree Therapy
This is my face wash for almost 3 months now. This is one of the few cleansers that did not irritate me. No initial purging when I used it for the first time. It doesnt leave any residue/film. It heals my breakouts in as early as two days. You can get this at Healthy Options branches for 299 pesos.

Olivarrier Fluid Oil
This is a fast absorbing oil. It’s pure Squalane. I was worried because Squalane has a comedogenic level 1. It can block pores and cause breakouts for some. Luckily, I didnt get any negative reactions from it. I use this twice a day on wrinkle prone areas like undereye and sides of mouth. Argan oil is liquid gold because it gives noticeable glow. Squalane gives a subtle glow.

Body Care

Benton Shea Butter and Coconut Hand Cream
My hobby lately is washing clothes. I’m back to working out. I wash my clothes immediately to avoid germs and odor. This hand cream from Benton is my savior. It’s quite thick which instantly gives moisture. It makes my skin soft. I apply this every night as intense hand treatment. I just dont like the scent. I reminds me of butter. Like I’m marinating something. 😅

That’s it for my favorites. They’re only few, right? I guess I’m not a hoarder anymore.😛 My audience ranges from 12 to 23 years old. I’m trying to use products that are locally available. I know it can get expensive sometimes for young people. So comment below if you have any review request. I have local brands lined up.☺

 

Review: By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water

7 Oct

It’s been a while since I collaborated with Wishtrend. I got excited to receive a mail from them again. This time, they gave us the chance to try their own brand’s newest product. It’s By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water.

Now what is Mandelic acid? According to Hira, a resident pharmacist from Skin Store, it is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from bitter almonds. It’s gentler than glycolic acid. My dermatologist recommends mandelic peel for sensitive skin.

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Description:
Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is a hydrating and nonirritating exfoliant that can be used daily. Formulated with Mandelic Acid, which can be used without any irritation even on sensitive skin, the Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is an exfoliating treatment that improves the skin tone and texture while boosting the effectiveness of other products.

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How to use:

  1.  Before the toner, gently wipe and pat the product on your face using a cotton pad.
  2. Limit the use of this product depending on your skin type. (For sensitive skin, we recommend 2-3 times a week)
  3. For morning use, please make sure to apply sun-lotion after using the product.
  4. We recommend not to use this product with other facial scrubs, AHA/BHA, and Vitamin C products.

Ingredients:

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Pros:

  • Huge bottle, 120ml
  • Fairly priced, $22
  • No spillage
  • Fragrance-free
  • Dries/sinks in quickly
  • Doesn’t sting except for open wounds/breakouts
  • Non-sticky
  • Skin did not get red while using this
  • Mildly exfoliates skin
  • Can help with minimal pigmentation

Cons:

  • I was bothered by castor oil at first

Personally, castor oil in products bothers me. It was one of the culprits of my past breakout. But I tried this Madelic Acid and didn’t have a problem. It’s probably because castor oil is at the bottom of its ingredients list. Bottom part = less amount. Since this is an acid, I do not apply this on areas prone to contact dermatitis. It can sting for open wounds/cuts like breakouts.

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It expires in 12 months after opening. That’s enough time to get you through a 120ml bottle. There was no spillage even if I turn the bottle upside down. It has watery consistency. It doesn’t feel sticky unless you apply more than enough. It’s fragrance free. A plus for those who are sensitive to scents like me. It smells like COSRX’s AHA BHA Toner which is also fragrance free.

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There are two ways to apply it. Gently pat on with your palms. Or if you want more exfoliation, gently swipe it on skin using cotton pad. I prefer cotton pad because it’s more effective and helps other products to absorb.

It doesn’t irritate or cause redness unlike my acid-based products in the past. I use this twice a week and will build up to 3 times a week. Ideally at night. It will help to lighten spots with continuous use. I dont think it’ll be enough for deep spots though.

Exfoliating is important. It removes dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells. This is mild and won’t overpeel skin. Dont worry, there’s no flaking. It’s only a micropeel. You wouldn’t notice it.  I’d recommend it to all skin types as long as you dont have dermatitis or eczema. Apply by palm if you have dry skin. The rest can use cotton pad. Follow with a moisturizer.☺

Review: DESERT ESSENCE Cleansing Bar Tea Tree Therapy

17 Sep

I visited Healthy Options again last month. They caught my attention. The store has a lot of imported products from brands I never heard of. Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask and TN Dickinson’s Witch Hazel to name a few bestsellers. I went through their shelves of skin & body care. I found many cleansers. It took me 30 minutes to decide what to buy. I chose Desert Essence’s Tea Tree bar soap for many reasons.

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Description:
Cleans and enriches all skin types. Softens skin with a silky, smooth finish. Works great as a prep for shaving. Moisturizing Jojoba Oil, soothing Aloe Vera and the antiseptic properties of our Eco-Harvest® Tea Tree Oil make this one therapeutic bar of soap. The refreshing, natural, vegetable-based formula can be used on your face and body. Made with sustainably harvested Palm Oil, certified by RSPO.

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Pros:
Available locally at Healthy Options
– Affordable, 299 pesos
– Huge soap, 142 grams
– Few ingredients
– Doesn’t melt easily
– Give enough lather
– Not over-drying
– Fresh tea tree scent
– Heals pimples as early as 2 days
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger contact dermatitis

Cons:
– None

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Let’s cut to the chase. This is one of the best cleansers I’ve used! 142 grams for 299 pesos is really affordable. You’ll get the most out of it because it doesn’t melt easily. Its shelf life is 12 months after opening. It’s a huge soap so I cut it in 3 parts. I keep the rest in a cabinet.

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It gives enough lather to cleanse and remove oil. Its base is Saponified Palm and Kernel Oils so there’s a squeaky clean feel. It’s not over-drying though. I still recommend applying toner and moisturizer after. There’s Jojoba oil, Tea Tree oil , Aloe and Sodium Chloride… great balance of cleansing and moisturizing.

Best part about this soap is it heals pimples fast! Cystic acne can be dried up in 2 days. I don’t need to apply spot treatment anymore. There was no initial purging the first time I used it. You know that breakout you get when you use something new a.k.a “adjusting stage”. It didnt trigger my contact dermatitis. It’s safe for sensitive skin. So far this is my best purchase this 2017.😍❤

I saw Desert Essence’s liquid cleanser too but that one’s coconut oil based and has more ingredients. I prefer this because I’m trying to have minimal products in my routine. The brand also has 100% pure tea tree oil. It’s available locally. I might get that when I visit the store again.☺

Review: LUSH Herbalism Face & Body Cleanser

1 Sep

I wanted to get my hands on this ever since I knew Lush. Their cleansing rolls are unique. They’re the first to make this kind of formula. Lushies on Youtube usually recommend Herbalism out of all their cleansing roll variants. I finally bought one to see if it’s worth it.

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Description:
Battling with oily, troubled skin? Cleanse with the power of herbs. Our gentle green giant has an exfoliating, deep-cleansing base of kaolin clay and rice bran to mop up excess oils, and a toning blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile to leave skin feeling fresh, clean and calm. Herbalism gets its color from chlorophyllin, which is extracted from alfalfa plants: it’s rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals and helps to balance out your skin’s oil production. Say hello to clear, balanced skin!

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How to use:
Take a small amount in your hand, add a little water and mix into a paste. Massage into skin to gently cleanse, then rinse clean. Use all over your body for soft skin everywhere!

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Water activates clay. Before getting a chunk of this, make sure your hands are clean and dry. You dont want to get water in the tub because the rest will be ineffective already.

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Pros:
– Most of its ingredients are natural
– Free from artificial preservatives
– Smells good in my opinion
– Innovative product
– Little goes a long way
– Gentle exfoliant
– Non drying and adds moisture
– Skin feels soft and smooth
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis
– Did not cause breakouts

Cons:
– Wont remove makeup if used alone
– Can be quite expensive if bought in Manila because it expires in a few weeks

It’s made from Kaolin clay, rice vinegar, rose and chamomile. These are known for their cleansing and soothing properties. It’s self-preserving, meaning the rice vinegar acts as natural presevative. Some people think it smells bad. To me, it smells good. It has a subtle vinegar-y and fresh scent. It’s like I’m one with nature. Haha!

The ground almonds are exfoliants. I thought it would be harsh but I was wrong! It’s gentle and did not irritate me. Note that you have to use gentle motions with any kind of scrubs. After rinsing, skin feels soft and smooth. I got dry and flaky patches from using an antibiotic cream for dermatitis. The main reason why I bought this is to help in moisturizing. It does the job without making my skin oilier. FYI, flare up was gone already when I used Herbalism.

I have two cons for this. It doesn’t remove makeup residue if used alone. Always use makeup remover before doing your routine. I use this for double cleansing when I had long day. I rinse my cleansing soap first then this. I use this alone when I’m just at home or did not wear makeup. Some reviewers complain about the green tinge after rinsing. I didn’t experience that when I saw the cotton ball after toning.

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Oh hey it’s you again Tetsu! Thanks for making this. Anyway, it’s quite expensive here in Manila. Why? Because we dont have our own Lush Kitchen (a.k.a factory). The stocks are imported from Japan. Cleanser rolls here can be used up to 6 weeks only before they expire. Little goes a long way so it’s quite difficult to use it all up. I bought one last August 15. It’s 545 pesos. The SA told me it was just delivered. Nag improve na yon. Dati kasi 3 to 4 weeks lang expired na. This is reasonably priced if bought in other countries with Kitchen. Fresh batches expire after 4 months. You’ll have enough time to finish a tub.

I use this at night only. Others prefer it twice daily. I just don’t want to over exfoliate. It’s clay based already so I skip my trusty aztec healing mask. Overall I really like Herbalism. This will be a staple for me if we have our own Lush Kitchen. I’d recommend it for all skin types that are not prone to breakouts.

Review: Benton Papaya-S Sun Cream SPF 50

11 Aug

I’m very careful to try sun blocks because  I’ve used some before that broke me out. I just had a chemical peel so I have no choice but to add sun protection. Benton released new products and that includes Papaya-S Sun Cream. I like that this brand doesnt include unnecessary ingredients. They gave me a review opportunity ttry their sun cream. Just what I needed.☺

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Description:
Benton’s Papaya-S Sun Cream is a physical & chemical sunscreen designed for outdoor activities.

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Ingredients:
Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water(43%),  Titanium Dioxide,  Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Octyldodecanol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone,  Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Aqua (Water), 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Beeswax, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Carica Papaya Seed Oil(5000ppm), Glyceryl Caprylate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Panthenol, Butyrospermum  Parkii (Shea) Butter, Beta-Glucan, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract(750ppm),  Xanthan Gum, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Adenosine, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Bud Extract, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Papain(100ppm), Algin, Glucose, Geranium Maculatum Oil

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Pros:
– 50 grams of product
– Simple tube packaging
– SPF 50
– Doesnt have tons of alcohol
– Subtle powdery scent
– Light and milky texture
– Feels light on the skin
– Satin finish
– Minimal flashback/whitecast
– Did not trigger my contact dermatitis
– Did not cause breakouts

Cons:
– None

This variant is for outdoor activities. Perfect for me to test its performance. I sweat a lot and I commute daily. It has milky texture and quite liquid-y. It’s easily spread and sinks in faster than others. Skin has sheen/satin finish once absorbed. Surprisingly, it doesnt feel heavy and didnt make my skin oilier. I tried it under makeup and had no problems. It doesn’t wear off easily  and doesn’t interfere with other products.

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Under very bright lighting, I saw minimal whitecast. But that can be fixed if you apply the right amount evenly. I tried to take photos with flash and here’s the result. It only gave minimal flashback. It’s not that noticeable if you ask me. If you’re going to an event, make sure your foundation and powder have no SPF because it can intensify flashbacks.

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Best thing about this is it doesnt have tons of alcohol unlike others. We all know what alcohol can do to our skin in the long run. It has SPF 50. It’s already a high protection for me. I’m glad it didnt broke me out. Probably because of it’s light texture and added natural ingredients like papaya water, seed oil and fruit extract.  Would I recommend this? Yes! It has high SPF and lasts throughout a day of commuting. It didnt aggrevate my dermatitis so it’s safe for sensitive skin. I’ll always look up to this brand for making high quality products.

Review: Olivarrier Fluid Oil from Jolse

7 Aug

Oils are popular in the beauty community lately. One of them is Squalane. It’s being recognized because of its non-oily feel. It’s used in many cosmetic products for its moisturizing properties. There are different types of Squalane. The traditional is derived from Squalene (mostly made of shark liver oil). The other one is plant-based which is more preferred now.

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Many have claimed that it doesnt feel like oil at all. It made me curious and I wanted to know if it’s true. I’ve been also adding pure ingredients in my routine. Luckily, Jolse gave us the opportunity to try Olivarrier’s Fluid Oil. I’d likd to thank them.

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Description:
The freshness and quick absorption provides enough moisture for any time of the year, keeping the skin smooth by making the dead skin cells elastic without blocking the pores. The ingredient similar to the skin will improve the dryness and the roughness of the skin safely. The colorless, odorless, and harmless plant squalane is the only ingredient contained in the product. The single ingredient oil will soothe the tightness of the skin, dry eyes and lips, rough hands and nails, damaged hair, sensitive and weak skin of expecting mothers and babies.

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Ingredients:
100% Squalane

Pros:
– 30ml of product
– Nice packaging and has dropper applicator
– Plant-based, ethical
– Chemical free and no additional ingredients
– Multifunctional
– Feels light
– Sinks in the skin
– Doesn’t feel oily
– Instantly moisturizes dry skin
– Did not cause breakouts
– Did not trigger my dermatitis

Cons:
– Quite expensive, $42
– Has level 1 comedogenic rating

Let’s discuss the cons first $42 is quite expensive for me. The brand is not in the drugstore category. So that explains the price range. It’s level 1 Comedogenic. Although it has that rating, I didnt have breakouts while using this.

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The pros: I prefer oils in dropper bottle like this. There’s no leak so it’s safe for traveling. The best thing is it’s plant-based. It’s ethical and we didnt harm anything. I’m impressed with the texture and performance. It feels like oil at first. But once you apply it on the skin, it sinks in really well. Photos show the before (immediately after applying Fluid Oil) then fully absorbed after a few minutes.

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It does not feel heavy unlike other oils. It moisturizes dry patches immediately. I focus on the undereye, cheek and mouth area to avoid wrinkles. It minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. It’s great to use under makeup if that’s your concern. It has a subtle glow which makes skin look healthy. Not the oil slick look.

Overall, I’m satisfied with Olivarrier’s Fluid Oil. I recommend this for dry skin or if you’re feeling dull. Also, the bottle looks gorgeous. It’s minimalistic and chic. This could be added to your skin care collection.

You can get this on Jolse.com. It is currently discounted for $35.70.☺❤