Because of how many products I try, it’s very rare that one really piques my interest anymore. Athena’s 7 Minute Lift is one of the few that has succeeded in doing so. After seeing its slogan “Facelift in a Jar”, I assumed this was your typical glue-like moisturizer that might produce some results after 6 grueling weeks of daily use. Not so! Ladies, if you have wrinkles, sagging skin, laugh lines, or essentially any skin you’d like firmed and smoothed, you cannot miss out on this.
Athena 7 Minute Lift is very unique as products go. First of all, it’s not a cream so much as a thick gel – it comes with a concealer brush that you use to “paint” it onto your face and smooth problem areas. The product comes with detailed instructions on doing so, and even provides a Q&A of what to do if you have any number of problems with or questions about your results.
I don’t often review men’s products, mostly because I’m not a man. However, I do have a secret love of wearing men’s cologne. They just always smell so much deeper than women’s fragrances. So when Savon Pour Homme reached out to let me sample their line of cologne soaps for men, I couldn’t resist the gender-bending opportunity.
I received the starter set, which Savon Pour Homme describes as “a great way to experience our soaps without having to dive right into the real thing.” The soap starter set comes with a 4oz. oval-shaped body cleansing bar, a 3oz. round facial bar and two square samplers.
Soap for Men says their fragrance has been compared to the likes of Davidoff’s Cool Water and Armani’s Acqua Di Gio, and I definitely got the light, aquatic aroma. There’s a tinge of jasmine, though, which adds a subtle floral note that’s still manly enough for the most masculine of users. It felt extremely silky to use and reminded me a bit of LUSH Cosmetics’ soaps. Plus, it’s dye-free. Nice!
I had a monster breakout recently, an event I’ve not experienced since high school. I mean it was scary. Desperate, I used Murad’s Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel, since they’re such a reputable brand in skincare that has served me well in the past. But the worst was yet to come.
Let me get right to the point. The gel has a very intense burning/tingling sensation, and even my normally hard-as-nails skin started itching & stinging. Many Murad acolytes claim using it repeatedly eliminates the itching sensation, but I’ve done it, and no. No, it does not. Each and every time, it has irritated my skin so badly that I had a compulsive need to remove it after application. Of course, being as loyal and hardworking for you guys as I am, I didn’t – I had research to do. Gel piled on giant zits, I spent 2 itchy, frustrating nights letting this stuff work its magic, carefully avoiding touching my skin for fear of transferring oil or rubbing this stuff off.
Skincare marketing is usually dictated by a classic dichotomy: all-natural gentle organic healing vs. all-scientific new-technology active ingredient hammering.Â Juice Beauty’s Anti-Oxidant Serum hits the middle mark by boasting all-natural ingredients while still including the scientific goodies we love, like liposomes, peptides and collagen-rebuilding. So does it work? I bought it just so I could tell you. Aren’t I a sweetheart? (Juice Beauty also happens to be my all-time favorite skincare brand… so it may have been a teensy bit selfish. Don’t judge me.)
Since I liked Biore’s ice cleanser so much, I thought I’d give these little self-heating masks a shot. I love facial masks, and I double-love products that heat up when you use them! The packaging is very convenient; each mask comes in an individual tube that’s easy to get open and has a nicely sized opening to ensure it doesn’t explode out on your hand. The smell was nice, but not intense; the heating effect was almost instant and felt REALLY good and warm.
My favorite thing: although the mask had exfoliant beads, the mask didn’t leave a bunch of them everywhere on my skin. I’ve always wondered if these companies secretly include giant unbreakable exfoliant beads so that you basically have to scrub and tone the crap out of your skin, making you look “fresher” (i.e. minus the top layer of skin) and thus you think the product works better. I’m skeptical that way.