Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: Loreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Day/Night Moisturizer

I soooo wanted to like these moisturizer.  I currently use the Loreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Eye Balm and I am so in love with it, which is why I wanted to try the face moisturizer.  So this moisturizer has only 1 real issue but it's a big one! Other than this one issue, it would be perfect for my type of skin.  I have normal/combination skin and on the dry side in the Winter months.  This was really easy to apply.  It went on smoothly and I felt with regular usage of the Olay Pro X, that it really soaked in to my skin BUT the smell was horrific!! I felt like I was putting mens cologne on my face.  I mean the odor took me back to high school, where I'd pass a sophomore who was wearing too much of an obnoxiously cheap cologne which would actually make me sick for a while after passing him.  I gave it a few tries.  I wore it for the first night and being as tired as I was, I didn't make too much of it and just passed out.  The next night, the smell just lingered.  It was really starting to bother me.  By the third night, I wasn't feeling too well and after showering and applying my night creams this was actually starting to make me a little nauseous.  I had to wash my face and go back to my good ole Olay 7 effects and Olay serum.  

I seriously cannot fathom why they would put that strong of a fragrance in a moisturizer.  I have always heard that moisturizers should be as plain as possible because any extra additives like fragrance,sheen or minute glitter pieces aren't good for the skin.  And why a fragrance that is similar to a cologne? No, I don't get it.  With  my Olay I usually get the non-fragrance version.  I have had to on occasion pick up the fragranced version because of low stock and my laziness on not wanting to drag my booty to another drug store or Target.  But the smell of the Olay with a fragrance was not off putting.  It was light and feminine and definitely did not linger.  So overall beside the odor of this moisturizer, I really liked the smooth consistency, easy application and size.  A 1.7 ounce jar will last a while as well as it was day and night.  They also offered an SPF 15 version.  I'm not sure if that is fragranced the same.  I do know that anything with an SPF already comes with a slight odor from the sunscreen but not off putting.  Well this was my review on the the Loreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Day/Night Moisturizer.  I hope you will find this helpful and thanks for visiting!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Olay Pro X Advance Cleaning System Review

Hello All!! So I have been debating forever on possibly purchasing the Clarisonic Mia.  It's basically a skin cleansing system that the reviews say transform your skin.  Only thing is, it is very pricey.  I have seen them for as little as $100.  The system consists of using a mild skin cleanser with an electronic device that vibrates a brush head against your face to remove impurities and deep clean the skin.  The reviews on almost every major site (Ulta, Macy's, Amazon, Makeup Alley etc.) are anywhere from 4-5 stars out of 5. That's pretty darn good!

So when I came across the Olay Pro X System, I figured after doing my research that it was a really great less expensive alternative.  The reviews on all the major sites are almost equal to those of the Clarisonic Mia.  Usage is exactly the same, a cleanser and the device for about 60 seconds and the price at CVS Pharmacy was $29.99/Sale $24.99.  One major difference is the Clarisonic only vibrates while the Olay Pro X spins in a circular motion.  Which I actually like.  I feel like it's actually brushing the dirt away and not just pulsating against it.  The brush head on the Clarisonic is larger than the Olay Pro X HOWEVER, the only moving part on the Clarisonic is the center bristles.  The outer ring of bristles is there only to prevent splatter.  So in actuality, the Olay Pro X has a larger moving head. 

The Olay Pro X came with a small trial size cleanser.  The cleanser has a fine graininess to it.  My skin, I would say is on the sensitive side and wasn't irritated by it.  But the second time I used it and went on for more than 60 seconds, I felt a bit of irritation from it.  That was my fault though lol.  I lost track of time.  One other thing is that the Clarisonic comes with a charging dock and the Olay Pro X needs 2 double AA batteries.  I don't mind that.  I read in several reviews that the batteries have lasted people over a month with everyday use.  That isn't bad at all.

Once I finish with the Olay Pro X and apply my nighttime moisturizers, I find that my skin is glowing!! Really glowing and clear looking.  I also noticed that before I used the system, I would wake up the morning after and my skin felt tight.  Almost like either my moisturizer had been rubbed off while I slept or my skin absorbed it and needed more.  However with the use of the Olay Pro X system it felt still well moisturized in the morning with no tightness. 

Overall I love it! I've used it now for 1 full week and have noticed some nice changes.  My skin looks more radiant, feels softer and I've noticed less blackheads in the areas where I would get them.  Still I have not used the Clarisonic so I cannot speak for it.  I can only compare with what I've read and pictures I have seen.  I would say if you really want to transform your skin, give the Olay Pro X system a try.  I neglected my skin for a very long time after I had my second son, and now I've got to get back to it.  This is a great cheaper alternative!! Thanks for visiting!!