Beauty Review: Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask

This was very much a “meh” for me. While it’s a gentle face mask and certainly didn’t harm my skin, I really didn’t see any difference after I used it. The smell is DIVINE, but the texture is chunky with the fruits they put in it, which was kind of gross. Not my thing at all. It does what any sort of vitamin A/E infusion would do — make skin a little bit brighter and plumper, but for $62 for 3.3oz/100mL? No thank you. Not worth the price AT ALL. Just break open some Vitamin E capsules and rub it on your skin to get the same results.

Beauty Review: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I love trying new cleansers and skin care products, because I’m finally in a place where I can afford to occasionally spend just a bit more than my normal Neutrogena cleanser. The problem is that I don’t want to invest in anything that my skin is going to react to (as mentioned in previous beauty reviews, my skin is quite sensitive), so I’m working off product samples from regular make-up purchases at Sephora.

The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is supposed to be a great makeup remover/cleanser that is good for all skin types and especially helps improve the dryness and firmness/elasticity of your skin. I used it after a date night out, which meant I had a fair amount of makeup on my face.

For the makeup remover side: it got most of the makeup. It did an amazing job getting rid of my face makeup (foundation, blush) and eyeshadow with no residue left behind (that I could see). It completely failed for the more heavy-duty makeup (waterproof gel eyeliner and waterproof mascara) that I generally have to use eye make-up remover or a makeup remover facial cloth.

But as a cleanser, it worked beautifully. My skin was slightly dried out from it, but not as much as a regular cream cleanser usually dries it out. Some moisturizer fixed it quickly. What I was most impressed with was how it really did seem to cleanse away everything. I didn’t feel or see any residue, and the next day, my skin looked gorgeous — smooth, soft and very healthy looking. Definitely not what I was expecting after wearing makeup and walking out in the frigid temperatures in the city the previous night. Though I didn’t like the Fresh Rose Face Mask, this soy face cleanser is a winner!

Beauty Review: Fresh Rose Face Mask

$62 at Sephora

I received the Fresh Rose Face Mask from Sephora as a birthday present and was super excited to see how this would help my skin. Chicago gets super cold and dry during the winter, and I fly a lot, so my skin goes through a lot of trauma and is frequently dry. The sample was large enough to try for quite a while, so I was able to see how it affects my skin long-term.

My skin is prone to redness, dryness, and a little bit of acne if it gets too irritated. I have combination skin, so I have to fight the constant battle between my face being too oily and too dry. As a result, I look for skin products that are super hydrating while still being light and not creating too much shine. This face mask seemed to be perfect for those requirements (it’s gentle enough for every day use!) and was especially great for getting rid of my redness.

This mask smells amazing and is super gentle on the skin. When I put it on, I could feel it cooling and soothing, so it’s great for getting rid of redness and inflammation. However, it doesn’t do very much to hydrate my skin. Aside from getting rid of redness, I saw no noticeable difference in how hydrated my skin looked or felt, even after using it for 10 days. With the price, I’m not sure it’s really worth the money just to get rid of redness (other toners do that just fine). I wanted to love it, because it was a nice part of my day to have my skin smell like roses (my husband loved it!), but it simply didn’t work for me.

However, there are others who RAVE about it on Sephora, so it might be that it’s just not good for my skin type.