Posts Tagged ‘Elemis’

I figured a good back to the normal post, would be a review of some items I had purchased during the holiday season. The items aren’t specific to the holiday season, and they can be purchased during any time of the year. These particular items are from the QVC Advent Calendar 2017. I had purchased this item last year as well, but it was an overall disappointment. I was hesitant to hop into purchasing the item again this year, but I figured buying it on sale and on QVC’s EasyPay option would really take the sting out of any items that didn’t work for me. Enough of the gabbing, let’s go;

Week 1:

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, 1.6 fl oz $128

I think it should go without saying, but with this being an Advent Calendar, I don’t have an option of what I’m getting beforehand so each day was a surprise! It’s been a year since I’ve had surgery (more on that in another post) and because I’ve experienced a lot of weight loss, about 100 pounds, I’ve noticed a lot of loose skin. On my neck especially, there seems to be more of that wrinkly ‘chicken skin’ texture and I don’t think surgery is an answer for it; I would mainly need topical products. This particular item is mainly meant for your neck and so that’s the only place I’ve been using it and I can tell you I see a difference! Within about a week of using it the ‘chicken wrinkles’ were gone and my neck has felt smoother. Would this be replicated with normal lotions? I have a feeling I’ll have a chance to learn that soon since I don’t think I’ll be purchasing the full product-it’s just too much to justify for such a small area.

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-no

NEST Fragrances 1.7 fl. oz. Eau de Parfum & Body Cream Duo $85

For any of you that are familiar with Nest or their fragrances, then you know how expensive they can get, but also how lovely they smell! I’ve owned one other fragrance oil from them before and I still have it since I don’t want to run out. This item was a bit different, since it’s a rollerball and the scent is different, this offered another option to the Midnight Fluer that I already own. Even though this is called Citrine, it’s a combination of freesia, lotus flower and sparkling citrus, and let me tell you as someone who loves me some floral scents, but also wants a citrus perfume, this came pretty darn close. It’s definitely a day-time scent and wouldn’t work well as an evening ‘night out’ fragrance, unless it was to a summer time party.

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-Very tempted…the price is a bit high but it sticks around

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream 5.2 oz. $28

This is a hand lotion…yup. Not too much to talk about there, it’s a well-known brand that offers great skin care and has some nice offers for dry skin. This particular item mainly uses shea butter, which I’ve used in the past, but I think the other ingredients they’ve partnered it with make the scent too strong for me. I love a nice clean scent, but this smelled like baby powder to me. Even after using it, the scent stayed with me and I just couldn’t get past it. I ended up giving it to a friend.

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-no-smell was too much like baby powder

LXMI 100% Pure Nilotica Melt with Travel Size $48

Did I mention I have oily skin? I feel like this is a problem for me and the beauty industry right now since oils are all the rage. Now I know there are lighter oils, and I do use avocado oil in my eye cream, but using an item that is a balm to oil really has limited use for me. I did get a cold for a little bit during the winter break, and this did help with those really dry and red patches but I wouldn’t use this all over. They also suggest using this as an overnight mask…I can only imagine how many clogged pores I would wake up to the next day.

Tl;dr Works-balm yes; overnight mask?- ehhhh, purchasing full size-no

IT Cosmetics Confidence In a Cream Moisturizing Super Cream $48

Darn you IT Cosmetics! I really didn’t want to like your products and didn’t want to want them. During this winter I’ve had a space heater on every so often, and while my body loves it, my skin does not. So, with that happening, I’ve used this as my overnight cream and it has helped to keep the moisture in my skin even during those nights I’ve had the heater on. I was worried at first that this would be heavy on my skin and cause more issues, but if you use it lightly and dot it on then smooth it in, it really sinks in and helps keep my skin loving the winter.

Tl;dr Works-yes, purchasing full size-when I run out of samples

StriVectin TL Advanced Firming Neck Treatment Cream 1.7 oz. $85

Hey look at that, another neck tightening cream. I haven’t been able to fully try this one out since I’ve been focused on the Elemis one, but I have used this brand before and I do like it. The price point for this one is lower and they offer more gift options and packs for this choice as well.

Tl;dr Works-?, purchasing full size-when I finish the sample I will update

Pinrose Secret Genius Complete Fragrance Set with Tote Bag $55

I’ve been on a search lately to find the perfect scent for me. I love so many different fragrances and I kind of want a ‘signature scent’ but I also hate how limiting that is. There were two of these types of cloths in the box, and if it tells you anything I still have the unopened second one from last year laying around. I couldn’t find the specific scent to link above, but it’s the same brand and I can’t really fall in love with the scent or the delivery option the cloth or towelette offers. Fragrance is so specific to each person so I think these were going to always be a ‘fail’ but I decided to try one anyway and it just didn’t mesh with me. I don’t think it’s the brand’s fault-this system just didn’t really work because the scent wasn’t strong enough to last on me throughout the day, and I couldn’t spray it on my clothing to try and help it last.

Tl;dr Works-debateable, purchasing full size-no

There are 3 more weeks to come so keep an eye out.

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