Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion–for Hydrated Skin that Smells Sweet as a Peach

Pacifica Strawberry Peach LotionPacifica has been one of my favorite brands for years. I’ve mainly used their skincare products, but I’ve also purchased some of their makeup, body care, and hair care products. One of my very few gripes with Pacifica products is that most of them are fragranced. A lot of people can’t tolerate fragrance in their skincare and makeup products because skin on the face is more likely to be sensitive than skin on the body. While I prefer unfragranced skincare and makeup products, I do enjoy a good scent experience from my body care products! Pacifica makes some really lovely fragrances, including the fragrance used in the Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion.

I love strawberries AND peaches, so Pacifica’s Strawberry Peach collection really appealed to me when it launched! This collection started out with five products, but it currently consists of a body scrub, body lotion, and body wash. I tried the body wash first and loved it so much, I just had to get the lotion too! 

I’ve now been using the Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion for a few weeks and really am enjoying it. If you’re interested in this fruity body lotion, keep reading for my full product review! I’ll discuss packaging, ease of application, hydration, ingredients, fragrance, and price.

Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion product description from PacificaBeauty.com

Hydrate your beautiful body. An inspiring aromatherapy blend of fresh strawberries and peaches, fruit extracts, hydrating sunflower and vitamin E oils come together to support your most beautiful skin.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $10.00
  • Net weight: 5 oz. | 147 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 50% recycled plastic tube
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, or mineral oil
  • Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com
    • PacificaBeauty.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Overall rating: 9.6/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Fragrance: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Packaging/ease of application

Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion is packaged in an adorable ombre pink squeeze tube. It’s made out of 50% recycled plastic that can be recycled again! I appreciate that Pacifica offers a free recycling program (they even give loyalty points to those that use it) to make it even easier to recycle their products.

I think squeeze tube packaging is perfect for this body lotion. It’s not too thick, so it’s easy to squeeze out. I like that with this type of packaging, I don’t have to dip into a jar and get the lotion under my nails. With body butters, I accept that as part of the deal, but otherwise I don’t want to fuss with it! Anybody else with me on that? 🙂

Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion has a smooth creamy texture. It’s not an especially lightweight formula, but it’s not heavy either. As texture goes, I think of this as a standard body lotion. It rubs into the skin quickly and doesn’t take too long to absorb. I don’t like it when moisturizing products leave me feeling sticky or greasy all day long, and this one does not do that. You can confidently put on a pair of pants after applying this lotion, without fear of your legs getting stuck!

Hydration

Hydration is always a tough category for me to review because it’s so subjective. I try to be fair to the products I review by basing my opinion on the specific type of product. For example, in this case, I’m reviewing a body lotion, not a body butter. Body lotions are not meant to be as heavy or hydrating as body butters.

In the fall and winter months, my skin tends to be consistently dry. However, in the spring and summer when it becomes more humid where I live, my skin is normal to slightly dry. During these warmer months, I find Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion to be plenty hydrating. I think it would still be hydrating enough in the cooler months as well, with a heavier moisturizer added into my rotation a couple of times a week.

I think most people will be pleased with the amount of hydration this lotion provides. Those with very dry skin may prefer something heavier, like a body butter. Alternatively, those with very dry skin could use this body lotion “as needed” between applications of heavier products.

Ingredients

I’ve been very impressed by some of the ingredients used in other Pacifica body care products, so I was excited to research the ingredients in Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion. I’m not as critical of the ingredients in my body care products as I am with my skincare, but I like to see several ingredients that will benefit the skin on my body, too. I’ll still point out the ingredients that could be problematic to those with sensitive skin as well. 

I wasn’t disappointed by my findings and I hope you’ll feel the same! Here is the full list of ingredients for this product:

aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, octyl palmitate, glyceryl stearate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, stearic acid, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, fragaria ananassa (strawberry) leaf extract*, prunus persica (peach) leaf extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), hyaluronic acid, tocopherol (vitamin E), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower/leaf/stem extract, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract, arnica montana flower extract, laminaria digitata (sea kelp) extract, xanthan gum, chamomile recutita (matricaria) flower extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum**

*ingredient was listed twice; I removed the duplicate that I believe to be incorrect    **natural aromatherapy blend

This is an interesting mix of ingredients, including several that are great for the skin! When I research ingredients, I classify them as “good,” “neutral,” or “bad.” Good ingredients provide specific benefits to the skin, neutral ingredients neither benefit or harm the skin, and bad ingredients have the potential to be sensitizing. Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion contains 12 “good,” 10 “neutral,” and 4 “bad” ingredients. I’ll start with brief descriptions of the 12 good ingredients that skin loves.

  • Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Fragaria ananassa (strawberry) leaf extract
    • Skin conditioner
    • May fade brown spots by inhibiting the tyrosinase enzyme which forms melanin
    • May preserve collagen by inhibiting collagenase, which breaks the peptide bonds in collagen
  • Prunus persica (peach) leaf extract
    • Moisturizer
    • Skin conditioner
  • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
    • Purest and most researched form of vitamin C
    • Potent antioxidant
    • Evens and brightens skin tone
    • Boosts collagen production, which helps to keep skin smooth and firm
  • Hyaluronic acid
    • Humectant
    • Binds up to 1,000x its weight in water
    • Plumps skin and reduces appearance of wrinkles
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • Camellia sinensis (green tea) extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Camellia sinensis (white tea) extract
    • Antioxidant
  • Laminaria digitata (sea kelp) extract
    • Contains antioxidants
    • Nourishes and hydrates the skin
  • Chamomile recutita (matricaria) flower extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-soothing
    • May cause a reaction in those that are aggravated by other plants in the daisy family

It’s great to see so many ingredients that hydrate and improve skin, as well as the antioxidants that protect skin from free radical damage! I wish more of these ingredients were closer to the top of the list (only three of them are in the top ten) since those are the ones with the highest concentrations. However, it’s possible that some may be more effective at lower concentrations. 

Next up: neutral ingredients. These are the “supporting players” in the formula. These ingredients perform important functions and are things like solvents, emollients, thickeners, and preservatives. 

The remaining ingredients are the ones I’ve labeled as “bad” for their potential to harm skin. Fortunately, these are all in the second half of the list and therefore likely to be included in very small concentrations. 

The first is lavender extract which is a fragrance ingredient. Unfortunately, fragrance ingredients are some of the most common skin sensitizers. Next is arnica montana flower extract. Some sources think it has an anti-inflammatory property, but it can cause skin irritation. Witch hazel extract has antioxidant and soothing properties, but one of the antioxidants (tannin) can make it sensitizing. It also contains a fragrance component called “eugenol” which may be sensitizing. Lastly, “parfum” which is Pacifica’s proprietary natural aromatherapy blend. Pacifica doesn’t disclose the composition of the “parfum,” but it likely includes skin sensitizers.

I know those “bad” ingredients sound intimidating, but they aren’t likely to cause problems for most people. I’ve never experienced any type of irritation or sensitization from this product. To stay on the safe side, I think those that have sensitive skin on their bodies should avoid this lotion. 

Fragrance

I feel like a bit of a hypocrite here since I just finished reviewing Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion’s ingredients which included some fragrance ingredients that could harm skin. But let’s face it, most of the people buying this product are probably interested mostly for its scent. I know that’s what drew me in! 

As I mentioned in the intro, I love strawberries and peaches so I knew I’d enjoy the scent of this lotion. I was not wrong! This lotion smells delicious. Pacifica describes the scent as smelling like fresh strawberries with a hint of peach, but I think it’s the other way around. I’m not entirely sure I can even discern a strawberry scent, but the peach is quite strong!

If you don’t like lotions that are heavily fragranced, this one probably isn’t for you. While I enjoy this lotion’s scent, I have to admit that it is intense! If I put it on in my bathroom and my husband goes outside, he says he can smell it outside! It does fade over time, but the scent is potent when first applied.

Price

I’ve noticed lately that some of Pacifica’s products are quite expensive considering it’s a drugstore brand. Fortunately, Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion is reasonably priced at $10.00 for five ounces (147 ml) of lotion. There are plenty of alternative body lotions in the drugstore price range that can be purchased for less than $10.00, but I’ve found that most are not cruelty-free or vegan.

The other drugstore body lotions also aren’t likely to contain the long list of skincare ingredients that are found in this one from Pacifica. The ingredients and unique fragrance really set this product apart. I think it’s well worth $10.00!

Pacifica Strawberry Peach collection

Do you think you’d really like the strawberry peach scent like I do? You may want to pick up the other Pacifica Strawberry Peach products. It’s a small collection, but not one to be overlooked! Here are the other products available:

I haven’t tried the body scrub, but I do have the body wash. I’ve been enjoying it as much as the lotion! I use it every time I shower, and then I apply the Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion to moisturize.


I’m so glad I discovered the Pacifica Strawberry Peach collection this year! The scent is great year-round, but especially in the summer. I really enjoy the Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion since its scent lingers on the skin for a while after it’s applied. I don’t feel the need to put on any perfume when I’m wearing this lotion because it makes me smell sweet as a peach!

Pacifica doesn’t make any bold claims about this product, but instead provides a brief description. First, they state that it hydrates. I can definitely confirm that! They go on to state that the aromatherapy blend, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E support beautiful skin. The aromatherapy blend smells great, but it doesn’t actually do anything for the skin. The sunflower seed oil and vitamin E do, though, along with the other skincare ingredients I mentioned in the “Ingredients” section of the review.

I think anyone that enjoys fruity scented body lotions would really like Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion! It’s quick to apply, hydrates the skin, contains excellent ingredients, smells amazing, and it’s affordable! What more could we ask for? 🙂

Do you plan on trying Pacifica Strawberry Peach Body Lotion? What about other Pacifica body care products? There are so many great options. Let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara–Clean Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara

Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash MascaraI’ve reviewed a few mascaras here on IntegriBeauty, and honestly I’ve loved them all. Most recently, I reviewed the Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara. I like to try mascaras from a variety of brands, so I didn’t expect that the next mascara I’d try would also be from Pacifica. Well, when the new Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara launched, I couldn’t resist for very long. The photos looked so promising!

I was very surprised when this new mascara launched, because Pacifica’s Vegan Collagen collection started out with only skincare products and expanded to include some hair products. I never thought the collection would include any kind of makeup! In addition to this mascara, Pacifica Vegan Collagen Lash Serum & Primer launched very recently. I haven’t tried it yet, but based on it’s high ratings I think I should!

I’ve now been using Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara for close to a month, and I look forward to using it every day. It’s a really nice mascara and I’m so excited to tell you more about it! Please continue reading for a full product review which will include information on packaging, ease of application, how well it lengthens lashes, staying power, ease of removal, and price.

Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara product claims directly from PacificaBeauty.com

All the fluff, no bad stuff! Formulated WITH vegan collagen and plant-based fibers to fluff up lashes while helping to condition, lengthen and add volume and WITHOUT any ingredients you don’t want weighing you down – clean, 100% vegan and cruelty-free formula. The 100% vegan spiral Fluff It Up Brush rolls the glossy, true black formula evenly onto every single lash and separates them for a feathery, fluttery effect. (The following claims are based on a 3rd party clinical trial.) Instant appearance of longer lashes. Lashes look thicker and healthier after use. Up to 12 hours wear.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $16.00
  • Net weight: 0.24 oz. | 7 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Formulated without talc, parabens, phthalates or mineral oil
  • Ophthalmologist tested
    • Safe for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com
    • PacificaBeauty.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Lengthening: 10/10
    • Staying power: 9/10
    • Ease of removal: 9/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Packaging/ease of application

I’ve said it before, but I have to say it again: Pacifica makes some of the most beautiful packaging! Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara comes in a glass bottle that’s soft pink and purple to look like cotton candy or a sunset that turns the sky those gorgeous pastel colors. In addition to being beautiful, it feels very luxe. 

The wand is plastic, but well-made. The applicator is a vegan “natural” bristle brush (instead of having rubber “spiky” bristles) and the bristles are in a spiral pattern as the description states. The way the bristles are arranged, they’re actually quite far apart which I thought might be a problem for application, but it really isn’t.

This is actually one of the easiest to apply mascaras I’ve ever owned. The formula is very smooth and the bristles glide over the eyelashes effortlessly. I think that’s partly because this mascara has more of a wet formula. I find this mascara to also build quickly.

The only complaint I have about this mascara in regards to its packaging and ease of application, is the size of the brush. Like the Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara, this mascara’s brush is larger than average (though it is smaller than the Stellar Gaze brush). I don’t have very large eyes, so I’m more comfortable with a smaller brush. 

With all that being said, I don’t have the same problem with application that I have with the Stellar Gaze mascara. When I used that one, the large size of the brush would cause me to get mascara on my skin almost every time. For some reason, it’s very rare that I have that problem with this newer mascara. 

Lengthening

Length and separation are the most important things I look for in mascaras. My eyelashes are probably average length, but I really like the look of long lashes. Separation is important to me because my eyelashes are a bit sparse. If they clump together, then it looks like I only have a few eyelashes and that is not a good look!

Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara lengthens lashes instantly for a natural look. Since I like my lashes to look quite long, I usually add a second layer to make them extra bold. I’m able to build as much length as I want with this mascara! 

I have a lot of trouble layering some mascaras because that can cause them to clump. Fortunately, I’ve never experienced that with this Pacifica mascara. Since it’s a wet formula, there’s plenty of time to build it up for the desired effect. The brush does an excellent job of separating lashes even once a lot of mascara has been applied.

Some of you reading this may be wondering if this mascara provides volume. While volume isn’t a priority for me, I’m happy to say that this mascara actually does a great job at providing volume! My lashes always look thicker and very healthy with this mascara applied. In this photo, you can see a big difference between the length and volume of the eyelashes on the left with mascara applied, and the eyelashes on the right that are bare.

Staying power

Besides the benefits of mascara like length and volume, I often hear people looking for mascaras that won’t smudge or flake. Some people seem to be especially prone to this, and there could be a variety of reasons such as oily under-eyes or watery eyes. I’m actually very fortunate that I don’t often experience problems with mascaras smudging or flaking on me, though it has happened before and I know how annoying it can be. Nobody wants raccoon eyes!

Since Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara has such a wet formula that almost feels oily when applied, I thought it might smudge on me. I was wrong! This mascara has never smudged on my skin, or flaked throughout the day. It stays in place perfectly all day long.

I always curl my eyelashes before applying mascara because my lashes are naturally almost straight. After I apply this mascara, unfortunately the curl drops slightly. I think it’s because the formula is wet and a bit heavy, weighing down my lashes. This is a common problem I have with a lot of mascaras, so it’s not a big surprise. If your eyelashes naturally have a bit of a curl, you may not have this problem.

I only deducted one point in this category because I’ve found a partial solution to the problem of this mascara not holding a curl. I normally curl my lashes to the point where they look curled, but not unnaturally curled. If I do a little extra to make them very tightly curled, then when the curl drops, it doesn’t drop as far and my lashes still look curled. I hope that makes sense!

Ease of removal

When I was using Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara, I was so surprised by how difficult it was to remove, considering its formula is not waterproof. I wondered if Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara would be equally as tough to remove. Whew, thank goodness it isn’t!

If I forget to grab a separate product to remove my eye makeup, I try to remove it all with whatever face wash I’m using at the time. I wasn’t able to do that with the Stellar Gaze mascara and even cleansing balm wouldn’t remove all of it. I’m able to remove Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara with any of my three methods: cleansing balm, baby shampoo, and face wash. I’m so glad I don’t have to struggle to remove this mascara, because when mascara is hard to remove I tend to pull eyelashes out more often and I don’t want that!

I think the only way this mascara could be easier to remove would be if it had a tubing formula. Tubing mascaras are unusual, but extremely easy to remove with warm water alone. As this is not a tubing mascara, I’m very pleased with how easy it is to remove.

Price

Compared to other drugstore brands, Pacifica’s makeup can be pretty expensive. Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara is $16.00 for an average amount of product (the Pacifica Stellar Gaze mascara is $14.00). Mascara is one of those products that varies greatly in price from brand to brand. Looking at drugstore brands, there are some mascaras priced as low as $3.00! However, on the other end of the spectrum, prestige brand mascaras are sometimes $30.00 or more. 

So the question is this: is Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara worth the $16.00 price tag? In my humble opinion, yes it is. While there are a lot of very affordable mascaras at the drugstore, I don’t think they can compete with this one. It’s pretty close to perfect in so many ways and is formulated with great ingredients that are safe for sensitive eyes. I don’t always put as much weight on clean ingredients, but since mascara sits right above our eyes, I definitely prefer a clean formula.


Between the product photos and before/after photos shared when Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara launched, I truly couldn’t resist picking it up! Both the packaging and the formula are beautiful. The only things that would make this mascara better, in my eyes, would be a slightly smaller wand and if the formula was a bit lighter to hold curl more effectively.

Let’s take a look at those lengthy product claims from Pacifica. First, they state that this mascara conditions lashes, lengthens, and adds volume. Based on the ingredients and the feel of this mascara, I’d say it does work to condition lashes. It absolutely lengthens and volumizes as well. They say the brush applies this mascara evenly to every eyelash and separates them to give a fluttery effect. I have to agree with this claim too! 

The final claims are from a 3rd party clinical trial. Of ten participants, nine agreed that Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara instantly makes lashes appear longer, thicker, healthier, and wears up to 12 hours. I agree with all of these claims! My lashes always look long, thick, and healthy when I apply this mascara, and it lasts at least 12 hours.

I definitely recommend this mascara! I hope to try it with the Pacifica Vegan Collagen Lash Serum & Primer eventually. I’m curious to see how that affects the application and overall look.

Have you tried any Pacifica mascaras? Do you think you’ll try Pacifica Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30–Easily Reapply Sunscreen OVER Makeup

Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30Sunscreen is a vital part of any skincare routine. In fact, applying sunscreen is the best thing you can do to prevent premature aging and skin cancer. Did you know that it’s important to reapply sunscreen, even if you’re wearing makeup? The big question is, how do you apply sunscreen over makeup? The best method I’ve found is to use sunscreen powder. I’m using Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30.

This is the first sunscreen powder I’ve ever tried, but I’m enjoying it so far! I previously tried a couple of setting sprays with SPF, but they were a bit irritating and smelled strongly of sunscreen. I was not a fan, so I knew that wasn’t the best option for refreshing my sunscreen. When it comes to sunscreen, it’s especially important to find products that are enjoyable to use since we’re more likely to use products we like!

I don’t use Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 every day since I haven’t been spending very much time outside. However, it’s been great to have on hand for days that I do need to go out in the afternoon. I’ve used this product enough times now that I’m familiar with its pros and cons. Please continue reading for my full review where I’ll discuss packaging, ease of application, sun protection, ingredients, how it layers over makeup, and price.

Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 product claims directly from DermaE.com

This translucent non-nano mineral powder can be worn on its own or over makeup for a natural, flawless look. Easy to carry to reapply throughout the day for all day sun protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $21.95 (or currently only $17.65 from Amazon)
  • Net weight: 0.14 oz. | 4 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Reef-friendly
  • Free of gluten, soy, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrolatum, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial color, and fragrance
  • Broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection
  • Where to buy: DermaE.com or Amazon.com 
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
    • DermaE.com unfortunately only ships within the United States.
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Sun protection: 7/10
    • Ingredients: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Applying Derma E sunscreen powderThe packaging for Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is very similar to that of other sunscreen powders I’ve seen, but I still think it’s so innovative! The powder is contained on one end of the product, and the other end is a brush. There’s a plastic piece that comes up over the brush to protect its bristles when the cap is being taken on and off. 

While I think the design is brilliant, I deducted a few points from this category, because of the packaging. First, while the design is convenient, it’s also wasteful. There’s quite a bit of waste with this product once it’s used up because of the built-in brush and piece of plastic that’s only there to protect the brush. I think Derma E should redesign this product to make it refillable. I found a Jane Iredale sunscreen powder that is made to work with refills, so I know it could be done!

There are a couple other flaws with the packaging as well. It feels quite cheap and I’m not sure how well it would hold up in a suitcase if you wanted to travel with it. I think it would be fine in a purse, but I don’t think the plastic could withstand very much weight if it was crushed in a suitcase. Lastly, the brush…it is not a good quality brush at all. I’m honestly not surprised, as Derma E is a skincare brand and doesn’t ordinarily make brushes. However, it’s not very soft and it sheds quite a bit even though I’ve never tried to wash it and have always been gentle when using it.

The poor packaging of this product definitely isn’t a deal breaker. It gets the job done and that’s what matters most. However, I think Derma E should consider making it refillable, a bit sturdier, and improve the quality of the brush.

Until I got this product and tried it for myself, I was pretty confused about how it works. I thought there’d be some kind of button to dispense the powder, but there’s not! It actually flows through the brush automatically. I was skeptical the first time I used it because I didn’t see powder on the brush, but I did see a small cloud of powder as I swirled it over my face. It’s actually a very smart delivery system and quite easy to use!

Sun protection

The most important part of every sunscreen, of course, is the level of sun protection provided. First, sunscreen should be labeled as “broad spectrum,” which means that the product will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens that do not offer broad spectrum protection will not protect you from UVA rays. UVA rays were not always fully understood like they are today, but we need to be protected from them since UVA rays, like UVB, damage the skin’s DNA and can lead to skin cancer. UVA rays also penetrate the skin deeply to cause premature signs of aging. Fortunately, this sunscreen does provide broad spectrum protection!

The second thing to note is SPF factor. Sunscreens with an SPF factor of 15 provide 93% protection from UV rays (7% of UV rays are able to reach your skin), while SPF 30 provides 97% protection and SPF 50 provides 98% protection. No sunscreen can provide 100% protection, though SPF 100 is very close with 99% protection. The Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder has an SPF factor of 30, so it provides 97% protection, which is not bad. Since I am fair-skinned and burn easily, I wish it was SPF 50 or higher (to be fair, most if not all mineral sunscreens are SPF 50 or lower). 

There are a couple of other things to consider with this sunscreen powder’s sun protection. My biggest concern is that certain parts of the face will be missed, since it’s not easy to see where it’s been applied. It’s important to apply sunscreen to every part of the face to avoid sun damage. 

I also want to note that this sunscreen powder is not water- or sweat-resistant. If you’ll be sweating a lot on your face, definitely reapply more often than recommended. If you’ll be spending time in water…frankly, I’d recommend skipping makeup (gasp!) and using a regular water-resistant face sunscreen and/or a sunscreen stick like the Beauty by Earth Mineral Sunscreen Stick, which is also water-resistant.

Ingredients

Since this is the first sunscreen powder I’ve ever reviewed, I really wasn’t sure what to expect to see on the ingredients list. It’s actually a pretty simple formulation, but a good one! There are often some questionable ingredients in skincare products, but this one doesn’t have anything like that. All of the ingredients are there to provide sun protection or other skincare benefits, or support the overall formula.

A keyword in the name of this product, Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30, is mineral. There are two sunscreen ingredients in this product, and they’re both mineral/physical sunscreens: titanium dioxide (17.29%) and zinc oxide (20%). These ingredients provide sun protection by reflecting UV rays away from the skin. 

Here’s a full list of the inactive ingredients in Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30:

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capryloyl Glycine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Mica, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Undecylenoyl Glycine

*May contain Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77489)

Are you surprised by how few ingredients are in this product? I was! Looking at these inactive ingredients (not counting the iron oxides), there are four “good” skincare ingredients and six “neutral” supporting ingredients. I’ll provide brief descriptions of the skincare ingredients first:

  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Capryloyl Glycine
    • Synthetic amino acid derivative
    • Protects skin from water loss
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier

These ingredients aren’t likely to make any big changes to the skin, but they are helpful for protecting the skin and keeping it healthy. Really, since this is a sunscreen product, all of these other skincare ingredients are just added bonuses. 🙂

The other inactive ingredients are simple and safe. They perform important functions to support the formula. These ingredients include an emollient that makes skin feel smooth, preservatives, colorant, thickener, and an antimicrobial. The iron oxides that may or may not be included in the formula are additional colorants that are yellow and orange in color.

I was so relieved to see that there aren’t any common irritants in Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30. The other Derma E skincare products I’ve used have been fragranced, and fragrance ingredients have the potential to be sensitizing. This product should be safe for those with sensitive skin (with the exception of people sensitive to plants in the daisy family; see above description for Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract).

Team player

Since Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is applied over everything else, including makeup, it’s a little easier for it to be a good team player compared to most leave-on skincare products. What do I mean by “team player?” I’m simply reviewing how well this powder interacts with other products on the skin.

I should note that I only use this product on days that I’m wearing makeup, because the other days I can easily reapply my standard sunscreen or use a sunscreen stick for reapplication. I use this sunscreen powder specifically because it doesn’t disturb my makeup. In fact, it sometimes helps my makeup to look better! 

I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and this powder mattifies my skin. In addition to mattifying my skin, it also makes it feel very smooth and has a slight pore-blurring effect. This product really is a 2-in-1 makeup and skincare product. It actually improves the look of my makeup instead of making it look cakey, which I feared. I’ve never needed to use this powder more than once in a day, so it’s possible that it would become cakey after multiple applications. However, I think that would be true for any type of powder.

One last note on this subject: on my skin tone, I don’t feel that this powder affects the color of my foundation. I’ve read some reviews that it’s too dark for some fair-skinned people, while those with darker skin tones find it to be too light. I have fair skin and I don’t have any problems with the shade of this powder. However, it does look like it would be too light for deep skin tones. Derma E claims that this powder is translucent and that seems to be true for me, but not as much for others. It’s possible they are applying it more liberally than I do, as I simply try to coat every part of my face with a thin layer of powder.

Price

When I first saw this product, it was the first of its kind that I’d ever seen. I thought to myself, “wow, that’s brilliant, but it seems so expensive!” Compared to some other products from Derma E, the Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is kind of expensive at $21.95. 

However, as I found similar products, I learned that $21.95 is actually very affordable by comparison! This Derma E product was the least expensive of all the sunscreen powders I found. I think part of the reason this type of product is pricey could be that there aren’t that many options (compared to other types of sunscreen). 

Some sunscreen powders I found are $60+ and I think that’s crazy! This Derma E product isn’t perfect, but I can’t imagine any sunscreen powder is worth three times the price of this one. I’m so happy I found this affordable option for refreshing my sunscreen.


For the longest time, I applied sunscreen in the morning, applied makeup over it, and crossed my fingers hoping I’d be protected from the sun all day long. Thank goodness I finally have a product I enjoy that allows me to reapply sunscreen no matter how much makeup I’m wearing. I’ll definitely be taking Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 with me on my upcoming vacation to make sure I can look good and also feel good about my sun protection! Tinted lip balm and sunglasses are a must, too!

Derma E’s product claims for this sunscreen powder are quite simple. They state that it is translucent, may be worn alone or over makeup, looks natural, and that it’s easy to carry and reapply. The only claim I might disagree with is that this powder is translucent. While I don’t see any color from this powder when I apply it over my makeup, there is definitely a light tint to it. It’s a tint that will work for a lot of skin tones, but I think it’s entirely possible that some people will find it to be too light or dark. I agree with all of their other claims!

One thing I’d like to note, is that while the directions for this product don’t specifically state that it’s meant for reapplication of sunscreen, I think that is its best use. You’re much more likely to get thorough, even sun protection with a traditional sunscreen applied first (whether you’re wearing makeup or not). Then Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 is perfect for reapplying sunscreen for extended protection from UV rays.

Have you ever used a sunscreen powder to reapply sunscreen over makeup? Or is there another method that you prefer? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so please comment below!

Lauren

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Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush–Liquid Blush that Applies Effortlessly

Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy BlushKiko Milano launched a fruit-themed collection for summer this year, and as expected, it’s adorable! The collection includes a wide variety of products for the face, cheeks, eyes, lips, and even a brush set and makeup bag. I believe this collection will only be available for a limited time. I try not to purchase too many products that are limited edition, but I couldn’t resist the liquid blush. It’s the Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush, and I am loving it!

Most of the blushes I own are powder instead of cream or liquid. I really struggle to make a lot of non-powder products work. However, I decided to give this one a shot because I’ve been enjoying several Kiko Milano products, the shades looked beautiful, and I like the packaging very much!

I’m really not sure why this product was launched as part of the Fruit Explosion collection instead of Kiko Milano’s regular line. Except for the product name, there’s nothing “fruity” about this product. That’s OK with me though, I still really enjoy it! Now that I’ve had a chance to test this blush several times, I’m happy to share a thorough review. 

Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Liquid blusher, bright finish. The innovative refreshing and ultra-light texture enlivens your skin with a delicate touch of colour with a super luminous finish. It blends easily, for a result shaded from light to intense. Offered in a handy on-the-go size with built-in applicator, it is also perfect on holiday! Provided in 3 fantastic trendy shades.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $12.00
  • Net weight: 0.16 oz. | 5 ml
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Available in three shades
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Inclusivity: 6/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Team player: 9/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 8/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

In my review of the Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer, I mentioned that the shade ranges for many Kiko Milano products aren’t the greatest. I’ve noticed that it’s even worse in the limited edition collections. I can understand to a degree, but I think they should at least try to make shades that will work for every skin tone.

Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush comes in three shades (Kiko Milano doesn’t provide shade descriptions, so I’ll describe each one as best I can):

  • 01 Sweet Biscuit is a neutral brown/pink
  • 02 Lively Mauve is…mauve
  • 03 Brisk Pink is a peachy pink

Even though I have fair skin, I went for the shade that appears to be the boldest, which is Brisk Pink. I had a feeling that this blush would sheer out as it’s blended, and I was right. In this photo, I swatched it on my arm two ways: directly from the applicator, and blended out. The blended swatch actually looks more intense here than it appears on my cheeks, as I don’t use that much product on my cheeks.

I think these shades are definitely sufficient for those with fair to light skin, maybe even medium skin. However, I don’t believe any of them would show up on deeper skin tones. I think Kiko should’ve included one or two deeper shades, or at least made the formula more pigmented to work for more skin tones. I hope that Kiko will prioritize inclusivity more in the future!

Packaging/ease of application

If Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush wasn’t labeled, you might think it’s lip gloss based on its packaging! The only obvious difference is that the tube is shorter and wider than most lip glosses. There is a small doe foot applicator inside the cap that picks up more than enough product. 

This type of applicator is so easy to use! I definitely prefer this type of packaging over a squeeze tube, which is common for liquid blushes. The doe foot applicator makes application a breeze because you can use it to dot the blush directly onto the cheeks. Even though more blush than is necessary comes out on the applicator, it’s still very easy to get just the right amount onto the cheeks.

The directions Kiko provides for this product aren’t really all that helpful. They state “With the integrated flock applicator, spread the blush directly on the cheekbone and blend towards the cheeks.” I think the placement of the blush is up to each individual, but Kiko should’ve provided some advice on the best way to blend it out. 

In my opinion, the best method for blending this liquid blush is to use a small duo fiber blush brush. I’ve been using the e.l.f. Putty & Cream Blush Brush, which is designed for the e.l.f. Putty Blushes, but it works well with other cream and liquid blush formulas too. With this brush, I can blend this blush into the skin in just a few seconds. I love how quick and easy it is!

Team player

I’ve always struggled a little bit with making cream/liquid face products work over foundations, even when others seem to have no problems at all. Fortunately, Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush is almost foolproof! I think it’s probably because the formula is liquid and very lightweight. Since it’s so easy to blend, there’s less movement of the product to cause the foundation underneath to move around.

While this blush performs much better over foundations than a lot of other cream and liquid face products I’ve tried, it’s still not perfect. It will disturb the makeup underneath if I spend too much time blending. The key with this blush is to work quickly and then leave it alone. 

These photos show how Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush looks applied over two types of foundation. In the first photo, I applied it over Colourpop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Foundation, a liquid foundation. In the second photo, I applied it carefully over my favorite powder foundation, Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation. I think it looks so fresh and pretty paired with both types of foundation! It also looks great on more natural days over a simple tinted sunscreen like Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion

Staying power

I didn’t have very high expectations for the staying power of Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush. I figured that since it’s such a lightweight somewhat sheer liquid blush, it would wear away at least a little bit throughout the day. Also, Kiko doesn’t make a single claim about its wear-time.

Well surprise surprise, Kiko impressed me again with another product’s longevity! This blush never fades at all, no matter how long I wear it. Further proof of its staying power unexpectedly showed itself on the day that I did the arm swatches (see photo in the “Inclusivity” section). 

After I took that photo, I immediately washed my arm hoping to remove the blush. I scrubbed it for I don’t know how long, and then washed it a couple more times before going to bed, and there was still a bit of a tint on my skin! You definitely don’t have to worry about this blush fading or smudging all day long.

Price

Kiko Milano is considered to be a “drugstore” brand, but some of its products’ prices fall somewhere between drugstore and high-end pricing. At $12.00, Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush is one of those, in my opinion. There aren’t many liquid blushes at the drugstore, but it looks like most of them range in price from $7-$10. 

I also noticed that the amount of product in this Kiko blush is considerably less than some other drugstore alternatives. That is frustrating, but since I reach for powder blushes more often than cream or powder formulas, it doesn’t bother me too much. To be completely honest, there’s a good chance that I still won’t use up this blush before it goes bad.

Since Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush is more expensive than other drugstore liquid blushes, and it comes with less product, I took away a couple of points for price. I might’ve deducted more if I didn’t enjoy this product so much (especially the applicator, which the other drugstore brands don’t have!).


I am so glad that I took a chance and decided to try the Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush! It gives my cheeks beautiful natural looking color, with a touch of luminosity. My favorite thing of all though, is probably how easy this blush is to apply! That’s been something I look for lately. I really like products that I can apply quickly.

So how does my review stack up against Kiko’s product claims? The first claim is about the product’s texture, that it’s ultra-light to provide a delicate touch of color with a super luminous finish. I agree that it’s very lightweight and “delicate touch of color” is accurate since this isn’t a highly pigmented product. As far as its luminosity, I would say that this blush does have some luminosity, but it’s not “super luminous.” 

Next, they mention the easy blending of this product, and that it’s buildable. I definitely agree with those claims! I don’t build up the color too much, but I will sometimes add a bit more blush when I feel like I didn’t get quite enough at first. It always looks great once it’s blended out! They mention the convenient applicator, which you already know I enjoy! Additionally, they add that it’s perfect “on holiday,” which for my American friends, means “on vacation.” I think this blush would be safe to travel with, as long as the cap is screwed on tightly! 🙂

This really is a great little blush, and I’d recommend it to almost anyone. There are only a couple of exceptions. Those with medium to deep skin tones might find that these blushes are too light or lacking sufficient pigmentation. People with oily skin may also want to pass on these as the formula is hydrating and doesn’t seem to fully “dry down.” I have combination skin, but my cheeks aren’t oily so I don’t have any trouble.

Do you think you would enjoy the Kiko Milano Fruit Explosion Juicy Blush? If you tend to like cream and/or liquid blushes, you’d probably like this one too! Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

Lauren

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e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer–Lightweight Moisturizer for Plumped Hydrated Skin

e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel MoisturizerMost of us want to take good care of our skin, but let’s face it, skincare products can be really expensive! That’s why I’m so happy to see e.l.f. continue to expand its skincare collections. E.l.f. has always been a very affordable makeup brand, and that’s carried through to their skincare products as well! One of e.l.f.’s most popular skincare collections is the Holy Hydration Collection. I believe this collection started with only one or two products, but as it’s grown in popularity, it’s also grown in size. Several new products have been added to this collection since its inception over a year ago. One of the most recent launches in this collection is the e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer.

Since I have combination skin, the Holy Hydration collection didn’t appeal to me for a very long time. I thought it would be too hydrating for my skin. Some of the newer products have tempted me, though! The e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer caught my attention the first time I heard about it because I tend to really enjoy gel or gel-cream moisturizers in my morning skincare routine. I was looking for a new morning moisturizer, and this one from e.l.f. seemed to be exactly what I was looking for.

I’ve been using e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer for close to a month now and I’ve got a lot of opinions to share. Please keep reading for a full product review. I’ll be sharing details on the product packaging, ease of application, hydration, how well it works with other products, ingredients, and price!

e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Plump up and moisturize your skin with lightweight, all-day hydration. This gel-based formula is infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, and Peptides to hydrate skin to the fullest while supporting a bouncy, healthy-looking complexion. Ideal for daily wear on all skin types, the silky gel texture absorbs into skin instantly and wears smoothly under makeup.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $12.00
  • Net weight: 1.76 oz. | 50 g
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Free of phthalates, parabens, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, hydroquinone, and sulfates
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com 
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships within the USA and internationally to the following locations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudia Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and UAE
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 8/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

I don’t care about packaging as much with makeup products, but when it comes to skincare, packaging is important! Skincare ingredients that aren’t exposed to light or air are much more likely to remain effective. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, light and air cause many ingredients to degrade more quickly. For that reason, pumps are my preferred type of packaging for skincare products!

Since lightweight moisturizers often come in squeeze tubes or jars, I was pleasantly surprised to see that e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer comes in a pump. It’s a plastic pump, but it looks nice and is quite effective! It’s very easy to dispense just the right amount of moisturizer. It also comes with a cap that snaps on securely, making this product safe for travel.

One thing I always enjoy about gel or gel-cream moisturizers is the lightweight texture. I would classify this one as a gel-cream moisturizer and it applies similarly to others I’ve tried in the past, like the Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream. The lightweight texture really lends itself to easy application. E.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer smooths quickly and easily over the skin. Also, only a small amount is needed (at least for my combination skin), despite the lightweight texture.

Hydration

For my morning skincare routine, I look for moisturizers that are lightweight, but still provide a good amount of hydration. E.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer provides just the right amount of hydration without making skin feel greasy, or leaving residue behind. It helps my skin to feel lightly hydrated all day long.

In my opinion, this moisturizer is not quite hydrating enough for use at night. That is just my personal preference as someone with combination skin. For someone with oily skin, this may be perfect for use during the day and night. 

After reading several short reviews of this product from people with dry skin, I unfortunately don’t think this moisturizer is quite hydrating enough for dry skin. I think other skin types would be very satisfied with the level of hydration e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer provides. I know I am!

Team player

You might’ve noticed that I took a couple of points away in this category. But what do I even mean by “team player?” This is where I rate how well a product layers with other products. E.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer layers extremely well over my other morning skincare products which usually include a toner, serum, and eye cream.

The problem comes in when I apply sunscreen over this moisturizer. Sometimes when I apply sunscreen after I’ve applied e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer I experience flaking. It’s very strange though, because it doesn’t happen every time. My best guess is that on the days my sunscreen gets flaky, I’ve probably used too much of the moisturizer.

I’m not too bothered by this problem since I don’t experience it every day. Also, it’s not severe pilling like I’ve experienced with some other skincare products. It’s pretty easy for me to take a fluffy brush and sweep away those sunscreen “flakes” before applying makeup.

Ingredients

You might be skeptical of e.l.f. skincare since e.l.f. used to only do makeup, or maybe because e.l.f. is such an affordable brand. Let me put you at ease. E.l.f. did its homework! I don’t think their formulas are revolutionary, but many of their products, including this one, include a lot of ingredients that skin loves. The ingredient list for e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer is quite long, with 40 ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ceramide 1, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Lecithin, Xylitol, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Phytosphingosine, Polysorbate 20, Cholesterol, Geraniol, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum)

When I research ingredients, I classify them as “good,” “neutral,” or “bad.” Good ingredients provide specific benefits to the skin, neutral ingredients neither benefit or harm the skin, and bad ingredients have the potential to be sensitizing. E.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer contains 17 “good,” 19 “neutral,” and 4 “bad” ingredients. Let’s start with brief descriptions of those “good” ingredients our skin loves!:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid (they work the same way)
    • Humectant
  • Ceramide 3 (aka Ceramide NP)
    • Protects skin barrier 
    • Improves the look and feel of dry skin
  • Ceramide 6 II (aka Ceramide AP)
    • Protects skin barrier 
    • Improves the look and feel of dry skin
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1
    • Reduces deep eye wrinkles and increases collagen; 
    • “Famous” peptide known as Matrixyl 3000 when coupled with Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (see below)
  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
    • Reduces inflammation which slows degradation of collagen
  • Ceramide 1 (aka Ceramide EOP)
    • Protects skin barrier 
    • Improves the look and feel of dry skin
  • Xylitylglucoside
    • Sugar-derived moisturizer
  • Anhydroxylitol
    • Sugar-derived moisturizer
  • Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters
    • Retains moisture in the skin
  • Lecithin
    • Water-binding agent
    • Skin-restoring
  • Xylitol
    • Moisturizing sugar
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Good for all skin types
  • Saccharide Isomerate
    • Plant-derived moisturizer
    • Binds to the skin longer than other moisturizing ingredients to keep the skin hydrated longer
  • Phytosphingosine
    • Water-binding agent
  • Cholesterol
    • Works with ceramides and fatty acids to maintain a healthy skin barrier and keep skin hydrated

Pretty impressive, right? All of these are excellent skincare ingredients. I’m most excited to see the two peptides since they are helpful for anti-aging, and also saccharide isomerate since it keeps skin hydrated longer than other hydrators. Paired with the humectants and other moisturizing ingredients, it’s no wonder this lightweight moisturizer is able to be so hydrating. 

Next up are the “neutral” ingredients. There are a lot of these, but that’s OK since these ingredients won’t harm the skin. The “neutral” ingredients in this product are emollients, texture enhancers, preservatives, etc.

Lastly, the “bad” ingredients. This is always my least favorite part! The first one may come as a surprise. When I first saw this ingredient name, I thought it would fall into the “good” category! Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate is a molecularly smaller version of sodium hyaluronate; it penetrates skin well and may be able to moisturize deeper layers of skin than hyaluronic acid. However, it has the potential to cause inflammation due to its very small size.

The remaining “bad” ingredients stand out like sore thumbs. Geraniol is a common fragrance ingredient that smells like roses. It may cause sensitivity when applied to skin, but the risk is lower compared to some other fragrance ingredients because it doesn’t penetrate skin easily. Linalool, another fragrance ingredient, is a common skin-sensitizer. Lastly, fragrance (parfum), is an unknown fragrance blend that also has potential to be sensitizing.

Even though all three of the fragrance ingredients are at the bottom of the ingredients list, and therefore their concentrations are low, they make themselves known. The scent of this moisturizer is quite strong! I would advise anyone that is sensitive to fragrance to avoid this product. 

Price

It comes as no surprise at all that e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer is very affordable! It’s priced at $12.00 for 1.76 oz., so it’s only $6.82/ounce! That’s extremely reasonable, even for a drugstore brand. 

There are some moisturizers that can be purchased for less than $12.00, but I believe their formulas are quite simple (many of them also aren’t cruelty-free). This one doesn’t contain groundbreaking ingredients, but it definitely has some that you don’t see in every affordable moisturizer. 

There isn’t much else to say about the price of this product, but I will make one more point. As I mentioned in the “team player” section, I was sometimes using too much of the moisturizer. A little goes a pretty long way with this moisturizer, so it’s a great value. At my current rate, I expect e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer to last me about four months total.


I’m happy to report that e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer has met, or maybe even surpassed, my expectations! I really appreciate how well it hydrates my skin and keeps it hydrated throughout the day. And the fact that e.l.f. used a pump to protect those great skincare ingredients is very exciting!

The primary claims for e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer are that it will plump up and moisturize skin with lightweight hydration that lasts all day. I agree with those claims! E.l.f. also claims that it’s ideal for daily wear on all skin types. That one, I disagree with since I’ve read multiple reviews from people with dry skin stating this product is not hydrating enough. It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t work better for those with dry skin, but it’s rare for individual skincare products to work for all skin types. I would recommend this moisturizer to anyone, except those with dry skin or fragrance sensitivity.

I purchased e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer myself, but e.l.f. did kindly send me some other products from the Holy Hydration collection recently. Once I’ve had a chance to test those, I’ll definitely be reviewing them as well!

Have you tried e.l.f. Holy Hydration Hydro-Gel Moisturizer or any other products from the Holy Hydration collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially since I’ll soon be trying out more products from the collection. Please comment below!

Lauren

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e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick–for a Dewy Skin Look

e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow StickSummer is in full swing and the coveted “dewy look” or “glass skin effect” is more popular than ever. I have usually avoided products that are meant to look very dewy since I have combination skin and my t-zone can get quite oily. However, e.l.f. launched a “dewy skin” product this year that caught my eye like nothing else. The e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is a stick highlighter that provides a beautiful natural looking dewiness. I like it for my skin because I can concentrate it on areas of my skin that don’t get oily!

This is the first highlighter I’ve ever reviewed (with the exception of the highlighter shade in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette) here on IntegriBeauty. That’s because I’m not usually much of a highlighter girl. That may surprise you, as I’m a makeup fanatic, but it’s true! The natural look of this highlighter made an impression on me and I couldn’t wait to try it.

I’ve been using the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick for a few weeks now, and I have a lot of thoughts on it! Please continue reading for my full product review. I’ll discuss the product’s inclusivity, packaging, application, how it works with other products, staying power, and price.

e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Highlight your best features with a dewy, sun-kissed glow. Infused with hydrating watermelon extract, this highlighter stick helps you achieve that “glass skin” effect with a soft hint of golden color and shimmer that looks great on all skin tones. The twist-up stick allows for easy application and prime blendability—just dab and blend onto high points of the face like the cheekbones, nose bridge, and brow bone for a radiant finish. Great for all skin types.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $8.00
  • Net weight: 0.28 oz. | 8 g
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Special ingredients:
    • Coconut oil moisturizes and seals in moisture
    • Tocopheryl acetate (common version of vitamin E) is an antioxidant and strengthens skin
    • Sweet almond oil smooths, softens, and moisturizes
    • Rosa rubiginosa seed oil (a.k.a. rosehip seed oil) nourishes and moisturizes skin while also providing antioxidant properties
    • Watermelon fruit extract is rich in vitamins and antioxidants
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com 
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships within the USA and internationally to the following locations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudia Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and UAE
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Inclusivity: 10/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Team player: 5/10
    • Staying power: 9/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Before trying the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick, I was surprised that it launched in only one shade (which is called “Melon-Aire”). E.l.f. isn’t the most inclusive brand, but I think they’re making an effort. With this product, I was a bit confused because to look at it in the packaging, especially in photos, it appears icy white.

Once I received my Jelly Pop Glow Stick and swatched it, I understood why there is only a single shade. This is truly unlike any other highlighter I’ve ever tried. What you see on the skin is a natural glow, that dewy effect that so many of us are after. There is a subtle gold-pink shimmer, but it’s barely visible on the skin. 

It’s very unusual for products with any pigment to work for all skin tones, and that’s part of the reason I was skeptical with this one. However, e.l.f. claims that the Jelly Pop Glow Stick shade is universal to look great on all skin tones. I’m happy to say that I think they’re right!

I’d ordinarily take a couple points from this category for the lack of variety in shade options, but I feel like this product is different. Since it’s primarily meant to provide a natural glow instead of pigmentation, I don’t think other shades are necessary. If this product is popular enough, e.l.f. may opt to add more shades later. However, I think they would end up looking quite similar to the “Melon-Aire” shade.

Jelly Pop Glow Stick swatchUnfortunately, I was unable to get a very good photo of this product swatched on my fair skin. It definitely looks better in person or in videos and to be completely honest, I’m not sure how to insert video clips into my blog posts. In this photo, I applied a good amount of the glow stick to my arm. If you look closely, I think you can see it! If you don’t, please don’t be discouraged. This product works best with movement and light.

Packaging/ease of application

E.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is packaged in a twist-up stick. I’ve been seeing this format more and more for cream products, and I think it’s brilliant! This type of packaging allows for direct application onto the skin, but other application methods can still be used just as easily as if it was in a flat pan.

The plastic packaging for this product isn’t anything fancy, but it’s highly functional. It’s easy to twist up the product, and the cap snaps into place securely. This product would be a good choice for travel, unless it will be exposed to high temperatures. I say that because this product is very soft and emollient, and therefore more likely to melt in extreme heat.

E.l.f.’s instructions for applying the Jelly Pop Glow Stick are as follows: Dab lightly onto high points of the face including the cheekbones, nose bridge, and brow bone. Blend gently with fingers or brush.      

I started out using it that way, but I thought the stick laid down too much product when I swiped it over my skin. I then tried picking up the product with a brush and applying it that way, but that moved my makeup around a lot and didn’t look good. 

The best way I’ve found to apply this glow stick (I hesitate to call it a highlighter since it’s so unique and different from other highlighters I’ve used), is with my fingers. I pick some up on my fingertip and tap it over the areas that I want to look dewy. This method prevents excessive use of the product, and I think the heat from my fingers helps it to melt into my skin more quickly.

This is definitely one of the quickest and easiest makeup products in my collection. A few taps over each area is enough to achieve the subtle glow that I want!

One quick side note before moving on… E.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is heavily fragranced. In addition to the watermelon fruit extract (which actually isn’t harmful to the skin despite smelling like watermelon), there are five fragrance ingredients! Those that are sensitive to fragrance would probably be better off avoiding this product. I wish there wasn’t so much fragrance (or any) included, but I have to admit that it smells fantastic!

Team player

If you saw the product details above, you probably noticed that this is the one category where e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick scored badly with me. I’ve always had a tough time getting cream products to layer well over powder, liquid, and cream foundations. This one is no exception, and I wasn’t surprised due to its very emollient texture. It seems to move my foundation around no matter which type of foundation I use. I don’t think it’s very noticeable from a distance, but it still bothers me.

I looked for reviews of this product on YouTube and didn’t find too many, but there were some. Those people reviewing it didn’t seem to have any issues with applying it over foundation, even directly from the stick. That makes me wonder if there’s something about my skin, or my foundations, that could be the problem. Or maybe it’s simply user error!

While I do struggle with layering e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick over foundations, I’m still able to use it and enjoy it very much. That’s because I don’t wear foundation every day! My Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen doubles as a light-coverage BB cream, and once it sets, this glow stick applies over it extremely well!

Staying power

Cream products generally aren’t designed with longevity in mind. It wasn’t surprising to me that e.l.f. doesn’t make any claims about the wear-time of the Jelly Pop Glow Stick. With that being said, I’ve actually been quite impressed with the staying power of this product! It’s not as obvious in indoor lighting, but I can still see a subtle sheen on my face at the end of the day. I thought my skin might absorb too much of it throughout the day for it to be visible after several hours, but that isn’t the case at all.

I did take one point away in this category for a very simple reason. This product doesn’t have any sort of “dry down” like some creams do. It remains emollient on the skin all day. That means that it could be rubbed off if you touch your face a lot, or take a nap with your face touching furniture or a pillow. I haven’t experienced this myself, but I can tell that it’s possible just based on the texture of this glow stick.

Price

E.l.f. never ceases to amaze me with its affordable prices, and they came through for us again with the Jelly Pop Glow Stick! This product is only $8.00 for 0.28 oz., which is a generous amount! I think this product will last a good long while for anyone not using an excessive amount.

I wasn’t sure how similar products are priced since I don’t often buy highlighters, so I did some digging. It turns out, the humble e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick looks very similar to the $45.00 (and not cruelty-free) Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick! I couldn’t imagine spending that much money on this type of product. I’m so glad that e.l.f. made this much more affordable alternative!

The Chanel glow stick is obviously a luxury product and there are other stick highlighters out there that are affordable. There are some that are even a little bit more affordable than this one from e.l.f. However, it doesn’t look like those give the same subtle effect. I think the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is pretty special and definitely fairly priced! 🙂

e.l.f. Jelly Pop collection

E.l.f. initially launched the Jelly Pop collection a couple of years ago. Since then, some products have been discontinued, occasionally to be brought back on a temporary basis. I believe some new Jelly Pop products launched in 2020, and this year e.l.f. continued the collection with the Jelly Pop Glow Stick, as well as some other products (these are the ones currently marked as “new” on the e.l.f. website):

I’ve only tried the Glow Stick from this collection, but I’ve heard good things about several of the Jelly Pop products! They all seem to be fun and fruity.


While I am a bit limited in my use of this product since I don’t wear it with foundation, I am really happy to have the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick in my collection! I don’t own anything even remotely similar to this product, so it’s been very fun to test out. I think it just gives my skin the prettiest glowy sheen, especially in sunlight. In this photo, all of the dewiness on my cheekbone and forehead is from the Glow Stick. 🙂

Let’s review e.l.f.’s product claims to see how they align with my experience using the Jelly Pop Glow Stick. E.l.f.’s primary claim is that this product will provide a dewy “glass skin” effect that will look good on all skin tones. I agree completely! Next, they claim that the twist-up stick allows for easy application and blending. I don’t think applying directly with the stick is the best method, but it can work. Also, they’re right that it’s very easy to blend! 

Lastly, e.l.f. states that the Glow Stick is great for all skin types. I wish I could agree, but I think it might be too emollient for use on oily skin. I can get away with it because my skin is normal in the areas where I use the Glow Stick, but I think it may be too greasy for oily skin. If you’ve used this and have oily skin, please let me know what you think!

Have you tried anything from the e.l.f. Jelly Pop collection? What about other subtle stick highlighters? Let me know in the comments!

Lauren

Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm–Wildcrafted Ingredients Address Skin Concerns Naturally

Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye BalmI am not normally a “luxury beauty” consumer, both because I’m on a budget and also because I know affordable products usually work just as well as luxury. There are occasionally exceptions when certain products really catch my eye. Last year, I discovered Alpyn Beauty and everything about the brand and its products stood out to me. The product that intrigued me most, due to its bold claims, was Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm. 

Eye creams aren’t absolutely necessary, but I enjoy that extra step in my morning and night time skincare routines. I have combination skin with an oily t-zone, however, the skin under my eyes can sometimes look dry. I also have some darkness under my eyes, fine lines, and sometimes puffiness. Since I have those skin concerns that are specific to the under-eye area, I feel that it’s beneficial to use products designed to be gentle and improve the appearance of the under-eyes.

This vegan brand is unique and not very well-known, so I’ll tell you a little bit about it. Alpyn Beauty sustainably sources organic wild botanical ingredients from the mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The ingredients used in Alpyn Beauty products are backed by science to preserve, protect, and strengthen skin. Alpyn Beauty is also a member of 1% for the Planet, which means the company donates 1% of all sales to environmental causes!

Please continue reading for my full review of Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm. I’ll be discussing packaging, ease of application, hydration, how well this product works in tandem with other skincare, ingredients, and price.

Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm product claims directly from AlpynBeauty.com

This ultra-moisturizing, under eye treatment applies like a cream but behaves like a balm—instantly filling in the look of fine lines. Vitamin C, licorice root and bearberry leaf brighten the look of dark circles, while bakuchiol smooths and firms. Caffeine kicks in by reducing the appearance of puffiness for a well-rested look.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $62.00
  • Net weight: 0.5 oz. | 14 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Formulated without phenoxyethanol, parabens, formaldehyde donors, MEA/DEA/TEA, palm-derived ingredients, sulfates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance, phthalates, petrochemicals, PEGs/PPGs, metallic aluminum, triclosan, talc, mineral oil, petrolatum
  • Fragrance-free
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: AlpynBeauty.com or Amazon.com
    • AlpynBeauty.com ships to the USA and US protectorates.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 8.2/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Price: 6/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Like many eye creams, Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm is packaged in a jar. More specifically, it comes in a clear glass jar with a plastic lid. The glass is nice because it feels heavy and luxurious, and it’s recyclable, but a jar is not the ideal packaging for this product. 

That’s because there are several active ingredients that are sensitive to light and air. Since this jar is translucent, light is able to reach the product all the time unless it’s stored in a dark area. Additionally, every time the jar is opened, the product is exposed to air! Unfortunately, this means that the ingredients in this product will degrade more quickly than they would if the product was packaged differently.

So why use a jar, then? I assume this eye balm was packaged in a jar because of its thick texture. I think it is definitely too thick for a squeeze tube, which is another common type of packaging for eye creams. A small opaque pump may be the ideal packaging for this product, though that would likely result in more waste, which goes against Alpyn Beauty’s ethos.

You may be wondering why this product is called an “eye balm” instead of an “eye cream.” It’s because of this product’s thick texture. It does feel more like a balm than a standard eye cream when first picked up on the fingers. That concerned me at first, but I quickly learned to enjoy the texture.

While this eye balm feels very heavy at first, it quickly melts into the skin. I think the heat from the skin literally causes it to melt. As it is gently blended into the skin, it also absorbs quickly. I find that this eye balm is very easy to apply as long as I don’t pick up too much. It’s best to start with a very small amount and add more as needed, since the formula is so thick and emollient.

Hydration

I think Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm may just be the most hydrating eye cream I’ve ever used. Granted, many of the “eye creams” I’ve used have been more of a lightweight gel texture. It really is very hydrating though, I have to give it credit! 

It doesn’t feel quite as occlusive as Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, but overall I believe it provides more hydration to the skin. One of the things I like best about this Alpyn Beauty product is that it feels so hydrating, yet it doesn’t feel greasy once it’s absorbed into the skin. I think this eye balm would work well for all skin types! The skin around my eyes is usually normal, but I believe this eye balm is hydrating enough for dry skin and absorbs enough to work for normal to oily skin!

Team player

A concern with any thick emollient eye cream (or in this case “eye balm”) is that it will cause makeup to move around, or sometimes even pill with other products. I apply Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm right before moisturizer in both my morning and nighttime skincare routines.

In the morning, I find that this eye balm applies well over my other skincare products. After applying the eye balm, my moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup applies just fine over it! I really was unsure if I’d be able to use it during the day because I thought its thick formula might not work under makeup. I didn’t need to be worried at all, and I enjoy getting that boost of hydration under my eyes before applying makeup.

The experience with this eye balm at night is much the same. It applies smoothly over my other skincare products. I usually will use a heavier moisturizer at night, and those apply well over this eye balm, too! I’m very happy to report that I don’t have any problems using any other products alongside Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm.

Ingredients

Alpyn Beauty is a clean beauty brand that emphasizes ingredients, so I knew their ingredients would be very interesting. Some of them surprised me, and many were very unique ones I’d never seen before! Some clean beauty brands put a limit on the number of ingredients in their formulations, but Alpyn Beauty isn’t one of those. Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm contains 40 ingredients! Here’s the full list:

water, sodium hyaluronate, cetearyl alcohol, squalane, coconut alkanes, glycerin, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, coco-caprylate/caprate, mica, titanium dioxide, bakuchiol, centella asiatica meristem cell culture, xanthan gum, euphrasia officinalis extract, cetearyl glucoside, sorbitan stearate, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, linoleic acid, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, caffeine, tripeptide-29, potassium sorbate, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, kappaphycus alvarezii extract, caesalpinia spinosa fruit extract, tocopherol, tin oxide, caesalpinia sappan bark extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, arctostaphylos uva ursi (bearberry) leaf extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), ceramide ng, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, arnica montana (arnica) flower extract, borago officinalis (borage) flower extract, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract

The breakdown of ingredients for this product is pretty good! I split them into three categories. There are 20 (that’s half!) “good” ingredients that provide skincare benefits. Next, there are 17 “neutral” ingredients that neither benefit or harm the skin. Lastly, there are three “bad” ingredients that have the potential to harm skin. I’ll start with brief descriptions of those good skincare ingredients I mentioned!:

  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid (they work the same way)
    • Humectant
  • Squalane
    • Moisturizer found naturally in certain fish, plants, and human skin (in this case, it’s sourced from plants)
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract
    • Moisturizing and smoothing
    • Acids (like malic and gallic acids) provide mild exfoliation, skin brightening, and antibacterial properties
  • Bakuchiol
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antioxidant
    • Performs similarly to retinol for anti-aging by promoting collagen production and decreasing a collagen-attacking enzyme in the skin
      • No side effects like retinol sometimes has
      • Can be used with retinol
  • Centella asiatica meristem cell culture
    • Antioxidant
  • Linoleic acid
    • Omega-6 fatty acid
    • Very important for maintaining a healthy skin barrier
    • Lightens hyperpigmentation
  • Tripeptide-29
    • Small peptide that may trick the skin into thinking new collagen is needed, and therefore increasing collagen synthesis
  • Kappaphycus alvarezii extract
    • Red algae extract
    • Contains galactan that limits the shortening of telomeres, which can help to maintain skin cell longevity and delay signs of aging in the skin
  • Caesalpinia spinosa fruit extract
    • Skin-protectant
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Skin-lightener
  • Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • Arctostaphylos uva ursi (bearberry) leaf extract
    • Contains skin-lightening agent, arbutin, which may fade brown spots
    • Antioxidant
  • Ascorbic acid
    • Purest form of vitamin C (aka L-ascorbic acid)
    • Most researched form of vitamin C
    • Potent antioxidant
    • High concentrations are effective at evening out skin tone
  • Ceramide NG
    • Type of ceramide that can be found naturally in the skin
    • Important for a healthy skin barrier and keeping skin hydrated
  • Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil
    • Wax ester that stays on the skin surface to moisturize and make skin soft
  • Borago officinalis (borage) flower extract
    • Rich source of linolenic acid 
    • Lightens hyperpigmentation
  • Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-soothing
  • Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Potent skin-soothing property
    • May aggravate skin that is sensitive to plants in the daisy family

The first two ingredients (which have the highest concentration) in this eye balm are water and sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate is a common skincare ingredient, but not usually in such a high concentration. As a humectant, sodium hyaluronate will hold that water in the skin to improve its hydration. That hydration often has a bonus plumping effect to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Many of the other beneficial skincare ingredients listed here are also quite impressive, but I was most intrigued by bakuchiol. Of all the skincare products I’ve tried, this is the first one that contains this trendy ingredient! There is some disagreement in the skincare community about the efficacy of bakuchiol vs. retinol, but it sounds very promising.

I could go on and on about some of these other great skincare ingredients too, but I don’t want to bore you! Next up are the “neutral” ingredients. These are much simpler ingredients that are important to the efficacy and preservation of the formula, but don’t provide direct benefit to the skin. 

The “neutral” ingredients in this product act as solvents, emollients, thickeners, colorants, preservatives, and more. One ingredient of interest in this category, that’s much different from the others, is caffeine. I labeled it as a “neutral” ingredient because while it may have soothing and antioxidant properties, it can also be sensitizing. The level of risk with this ingredient seems to be reasonably low.

That leaves only three more ingredients, and they’re the “bad” ones I mentioned earlier. The most common ingredients in this category are fragrance ingredients, but fortunately this eye balm is free of both artificial and natural fragrances. 

The first problem ingredient is euphrasia officinalis extract which is a multipurpose ingredient that was included for its antimicrobial, astringent, emollient, and soothing properties. Unfortunately, its tannin content may aggravate skin. Next up is hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, a molecularly smaller version of sodium hyaluronate. While it penetrates skin well and may be able to moisturize deeply, its small size means it has potential to cause irritation. The final problem ingredient is arnica montana flower extract. Some sources believe it has an anti-inflammatory property, but it can cause skin irritation. Fortunately, the hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate and arnica montana flower extract are in the bottom half of the list, and should therefore have very low concentrations.

Looking at all of the ingredients in Alpyn Beauty eye balm, I’d say the pros definitely outweigh the cons. I’m very impressed by the variety of outstanding ingredients used in this formulation. The three problem ingredients may be problematic for some with very sensitive skin, but I do not experience any irritation myself.

Price

I normally only spend about $20.00 or less on eye creams. When I saw that Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm is $62.00, I admit that I was a bit shocked! This eye balm contains a standard amount of product for an eye cream, 0.5 ounce (14 ml) which means it is $124.00/ounce. This product is definitely not in my normal price range, but I was fortunate to receive it as a Christmas gift from my husband because he knew how much I wanted to try it.

Fortunately, a little goes a long way with this eye balm. I’ve been using it for a month now and it barely looks like I’ve used any. That’s saying something since I use this eye balm both morning and night! At this rate, I estimate that this product will last me at least a few months (would be six months or more if I only used it once a day).

While I think this eye balm is a really beautiful product inside and out, I don’t think I could justify purchasing it on a regular basis. Someone that is comfortable spending $62.00 on individual skincare products would likely feel differently. I’m quite frugal with most of my beauty purchases, so that’s the perspective I’m using to evaluate the price of Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm.


Alpyn Beauty eye balmI’m very skeptical of skincare products in general, but especially ones that are pricey and make bold claims. Like this one! I’ve got to say though, Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm is one of very few products that instantly impressed me upon the very first application. The texture is absolutely perfect, it feels incredible on the skin, and I did think my fine lines looked less noticeable right after application. I don’t really notice a difference in the appearance of my fine lines once I have makeup applied, but on no-makeup days, my under-eyes do look better with this eye balm applied. 

With every product review I write, I like to look back at product claims once I’ve had a chance to thoroughly evaluate every aspect of the product in question. Alpyn Beauty makes several claims about this eye balm. The description states that it is ultra-moisturizing, instantly fills in fine lines, brightens dark circles, smooths, firms, and reduces puffiness. 

I definitely agree that the formula is highly moisturizing and appears to fill in fine lines. It may also brighten dark circles a bit, but I think that has more to do with the mica that adds a slight shimmer, rather than anything lasting. I think it might also help to reduce puffiness. As far as smoothing and firming, I haven’t seen those effects yet. It’s likely that those are more long-term effects that would come from using this product for an extended period of time.

I genuinely think that almost everyone would enjoy Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Line-Filling Eye Balm. The texture and overall experience of this product are so pleasant, and the hydration it provides would be lovely for most, if not all, skin types. Those with very oily under-eyes are probably the one exception. 

Have you tried this eye balm or any other skincare products from Alpyn Beauty? The brand’s range of products is small, but impressive. Please comment below with any thoughts you have on this product. 🙂

Lauren

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Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint–Color Correcting + Skincare Formula

Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye TintA must-have makeup product for me is a peachy color corrector to camouflage under-eye darkness. Most people use concealer instead, but I have a terrible habit of forgetting to use it. I have the best luck applying a color corrector under my eyes before going in with foundation, and then I simply apply foundation all the way up under my eyes. Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate was the only color corrector I liked for a long time. It’s still a product that I enjoy and recommend, but there’s a new one in my collection now and I’m very excited to share it with you! I’d like to introduce Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint. 

This is a fairly new product from Milani, and part of a collection. The Supercharged collection is designed to make tired-looking skin appear refreshed. I’ll touch on the other products in this collection later on. 

Please note that I purchased a shade that wasn’t meant for my fair skin tone because I didn’t think my shade would work as a color corrector. While this product is called a “brightening undereye tint,” I only use it as a color corrector. If that doesn’t bother you, keep reading for a full review of Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint!

Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint product claims directly from MilaniCosmetics.com

Sleepless night? Look on the bright side! Supercharged Eye Brightener instantly color corrects and illuminates under eyes with color correcting pigments & micro-fine pearls. The lightly tinted hybrid 2-in-1 makeup + skincare formula brightens dark circles and hydrates with hyaluronic acid, plant-based collagen, niacinamide and caffeine. The nourishing, lightweight texture creates a smooth canvas for flawless concealer application. Available in three tinted shades.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $8.99
  • Net weight: 0.51 oz. | 15 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • 3 shade options
  • Special ingredients:
    • Glycerin is a natural moisturizer
    • Caffeine may have soothing and antioxidant properties; constricting effect may improve the look of redness; also has potential to be sensitizing
    • Sodium hyaluronate is the sodium form of hyaluronic acid; humectant
    • Niacinamide Improves appearance of enlarged pores, regulates oil secretion, evens out skin tone, and improves fine lines
    • 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid is a very stable form of vitamin C; antioxidant
    • Turmeric root extract is an anti-inflammatory that’s also a potent antioxidant and brightens skin
    • Collagen (plant-based) is a moisturizer and humectant
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Where to buy: MilaniCosmetics.com 
    • MilaniCosmetics.com ships internationally, but they currently don’t ship to Mexico, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Iraq, or Turkey.
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
      • Inclusivity: 9/10
      • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
      • Pigmentation: 6/10
      • Team player: 10/10
      • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint comes in three shades. The Pixi color corrector that I previously mentioned only comes in two shades. I did a quick search to see how many shades are offered in several other brands’ under-eye color correctors, and it seems that 2-3 shades is the norm. 

I don’t think the limited shades are too surprising since not all makeup-wearers use color correctors and therefore color correctors might not be prioritized by the brands themselves. Ideally, there would be more shade options, but I think Milani did a pretty good job of choosing shades that will work for the majority of people:

  • Pink for fair to light skin tones
  • Peach for light to medium skin tones
  • Deep Peach for medium to deep skin tones

I have fair skin, but I ordered the Peach shade because I thought it would be more effective on my under-eyes as a color corrector. Since the circles under my eyes are bluish, I need a product with a touch of orange to provide effective color correction. I may be wrong, but it doesn’t appear that the Pink shade has enough orange in it to work for me. I do, however, think it would be a great brightener for fair skin!

Packaging/ease of application

Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint comes in a squeeze tube which I think works well for this type of product. Some color correctors come in jars or tubes with applicator wands and honestly all three are good options. Since this product’s formula is quite thin, I think it makes the most sense for it to be in a squeeze tube or a tube with an applicator wand. 

Milani advises to use fingers or a makeup brush to blend this product under the eyes. I agree because I think a sponge would absorb too much of the product and take away all the coverage. The instructions also specify that it can be used alone or with a concealer, and set with powder.

I started out using my fingers to apply Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint and that works well enough, but I’ve found that I definitely prefer to use a brush. I squeeze a little bit of product directly onto a brush (I’ve been using the Real Techniques 308 Medium Shadow Brush which can be purchased in the Enhanced Eye Set), tap it onto the darkest areas around my eyes, and quickly blend it out. 

I usually only use a very small amount in one thin layer. However, some days I need a little more help when my under-eyes are looking especially dark. On those days, I’ll go in with a little more product and blend it out in another thin layer. This method provides more color correction without looking cakey.

One reason this tint is so easy to use is that it’s so lightweight. It feels more like an eye cream than a makeup product. It blends seamlessly into the skin with very little effort! It also feels nice and hydrating on the skin which is an added bonus. 🙂

Pigmentation

Most color correctors, like the one from Pixi, are quite thick and emollient which I think lends them to being more pigmented. Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint is a very different kind of color corrector. It’s more of a lightweight fluid that is not very pigmented once blended out on the skin. Milani does call it a “tint” and I think that’s accurate!

Those with very little under-eye darkness likely won’t have any issue with this product having low pigmentation. In fact, I’ve even heard of a lot of other reviewers enjoying this product worn alone on no-makeup days to cover that slight darkness. The lightweight texture and low pigmentation allow it to look quite natural on the skin (that is, if the shade closely matches your skin, which is not the case for me).

While I have some darkness under my eyes, I’m fortunate that it isn’t nearly as intense as what some people have. To show how this product looks in action under my eyes, I took this photo with it applied under only one eye. Hopefully you can see the difference, but the eye with the corrector applied definitely looks more even with much less of the bluish tinge visible.

People that have very dark under-eyes may be disappointed that this product can’t completely camouflage their darkness. However, If used with a high-coverage concealer, those dark circles would probably be sufficiently covered. 

I personally don’t mind the low pigmentation of Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint, but I think it’s definitely important to keep in mind when purchasing.

Team player

As I mentioned before, Milani states that the Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint can be worn alone or under concealer. It can also be worn under foundation without concealer. That’s the way I use it most often, since I so frequently forget to use concealer. I also don’t think I always need concealer so that’s fine!

I’d say Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint is a great “team player” because once it dries, it’s almost as if there’s no product there at all. From my experience so far, it doesn’t affect the performance of concealer or foundation in any way. Since it’s so lightweight, the amount of product settling into fine lines is minimal, and I think that’s important with this type of product. 

If you’re looking to keep things as light as possible under the eyes, but need more than just this corrector, I recommend using it with the e.l.f. Flawless Brightening Concealer. I don’t use it often, but this concealer is very brightening, lightweight, and easy to blend. Great duo!

There’s not really anything else to say here, except that this Milani corrector’s performance when worn under other products is exceptional!

Price

Color correctors vary greatly in price from brand to brand, even when only considering affordable brands. I found some for only a few dollars, and others that are $15.00+. There are also many high-end color correctors that are $20.00+. Milani is pretty consistent with its affordable prices, and Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint is no exception. At $8.99, it falls right about in the middle of the drugstore price range for this type of product.

This corrector contains half an ounce of product, which doesn’t sound like very much, but it’s important to remember that this product is meant to be used sparingly. It will last a long time! In addition to the comparatively affordable price tag and generous amount of product, I think the added skincare ingredients make this corrector an excellent value. 

Other products in the Milani Supercharged collection

Is the rest of your face looking a little tired, too? Then you might be interested in some of the other products in the Milani Supercharged collection as well. This collection consists of six products (including the Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint):


I watched a couple of review videos on Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint before ordering it, but I was really not sure if I’d like it or not. That was largely because I knew it would be very different from my Pixi color corrector that I relied on for such a long time. I’m happy to report that I do enjoy this product very much, and I’m even tempted now to buy the Pink shade! It might work well for me mixed with the Peach shade, or possibly even over foundation like a brightening concealer.

What about the product claims? Milani claims that this brightening undereye tint will instantly correct and illuminate under the eyes with correcting pigments and micro-fine pearls. It does provide a light correcting tint and while it’s subtle, I do notice a bit of a sheen. They emphasize that the formula is makeup and skincare combined to brighten and hydrate. If you select the shade suggested for your skin tone, I definitely think this product is brightening, and there are at least a few ingredients that help with hydration. Lastly, Milani notes the lightweight texture and states that it creates a smooth canvas for concealer. I absolutely agree with the claim about the lightweight texture, but it doesn’t actually smooth the skin.

Like a lot of makeup products, I think this one comes down to personal preference. If you feel you need a highly pigmented color corrector, this one may not be for you. If you’re looking for one that’s more lightweight and don’t mind that this one isn’t highly pigmented, you’d probably really like it! 

Do you enjoy using color correctors, either alone or under other products? If so, do you think you’ll give this one from Milani a try? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion–Get Your Glow on and Moisturize in One Step

Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face LotionI have been going crazy for vitamin C products this last year or so. When Pacifica launched the Glow Baby collection, I knew I’d have to try at least one of the products. That’s because the collection features vitamin C! After looking through each of the products, I decided to try Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion because it was the one with the most impressive ingredients, that I also had a need for in my collection. If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while, you know ingredients are #1 in my eyes!

Vitamin C is best applied in the daytime, so I was hoping this moisturizer would be light enough for use in my morning skincare routine. It was a bit thicker than expected and I have combination skin, so I am now using it at night instead. That doesn’t make it a bad product in any way, however. Pacifica states that this lotion can be used day or night, and I think that will vary by skin type.

Please continue reading for a full review of Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion! I’ll go into detail about packaging, hydration, how this lotion layers with other products, ingredients, and price.

Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion product claims directly from PacificaBeauty.com

Hydrated skin is glowing skin. Powered by our Brightfirm ComplexTM, this formula is packed with multiple forms of Vitamin C, plant extracts and Vitamin E to help visibly brighten, firm, and reduce the appearance of signs of photoaging. Find your glow, no filters needed. Lightweight non-greasy formula.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $15.00
  • Net weight: 1.7 oz. | 50 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Appropriate for all skin types
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS or mineral oil
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com or Amazon.com 
    • PacificaBeauty.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 5/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

If there’s one thing Pacifica does consistently, it’s beautiful packaging. Every time I pick up Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion I think I make googly eyes at it because it is just so pretty! It comes in a glass bottle which makes it feel luxurious. Not only that, but it’s also frosted glass and the orange color fades out toward the bottom for an ombre effect. 

The pump dispenser is also great! It makes getting the right amount of lotion very easy. I especially appreciate the pump because the sensitive ingredients in the product inside are protected from exposure to the air. The lotion is mostly protected from light as well, though some may still get in through the bottom of the bottle since it’s translucent there. 

I’m not taking any points off for this, but I wouldn’t advise travelling with this product, for a couple of reasons. First, the bottle is glass. While the glass does feel reasonably heavy, it could still shatter if not protected sufficiently. Next, the pump does lock, however, there is no cap to keep it locked. It could easily become unlocked in a bag and leak on your belongings.

Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion looks just like most moisturizers. It’s white and creamy. It’s definitely heavier than I was first expecting. Not in a bad way, but it does take a little extra effort to work into the skin compared to the moisturizers that I normally use in my morning skincare routine. I don’t mind the extra time this lotion takes to apply in my nighttime skincare routine, so that’s one reason I started using this primarily at night.

Overall, this is an easy skincare product to use. I think those with dry skin would probably appreciate the richness of the formula more than I do. With my combination skin, in the mornings I tend to prefer more lightweight moisturizers like Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream that barely take any effort to apply.

Hydration

You can probably already guess how hydrating Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion is based on the previous section where I discussed its texture! It feels quite hydrating on the skin, and it provides just the right amount of moisture for me at night. I think it would probably work best during the daytime for people with dry skin who are seeking more moisture throughout the day. 

I’ll give you a brief preview of some of the ingredients in this lotion. In the top five ingredients, there are three that work to hydrate the skin. They are aloe leaf juice, sunflower seed oil, and glycerin. These ingredients aren’t always included in such a high concentration, but it’s good to see!

I think this section is highly subjective depending on skin type and what time of day you plan to use this product. Those with dry skin would probably enjoy it during the daytime and possibly at night also. On the other hand, people with oily skin may think it’s too hydrating for use during the day, but may still enjoy it at night.

Team player

I mentioned that I switched from using Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion in the morning, to using it at night, because of the texture and level of hydration. That’s not the end of that story, though. Another reason I started using it at night is because it wasn’t getting along with my morning skincare! 

I could usually get it to apply well enough over my first couple of skincare products, but it pilled and flaked every time I applied my sunscreen on top of it! I would do my best to brush all those little bits away, but I’d still sometimes find more later in the day and it looked awful. Applying foundation then was also complicated.

Time for me to go off on a little tangent for a sec. My husband doesn’t pay any attention to my makeup or skincare unless I specifically ask him questions. I was shocked when one day, he said I had something on my face. He thought it was a bit of dried up makeup. I was confused because I wasn’t wearing any makeup that day. I looked in the mirror and sure enough, it was my sunscreen that pilled because of this lotion!

I am frustrated that this product doesn’t work better with other products. Fortunately, I don’t experience that pilling nearly as often when I use this lotion at night. When I do have some pilling, it doesn’t bother me so much if I’m just going to bed!

Ingredients

Vitamin C is definitely the standout ingredient in Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion, but there’s a lot more to it than that! I researched every ingredient in this product to share with you the good, the neutral, and the bad. Here’s the list of all 20 ingredients:

aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, caprylic/capric triglyceride, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), boswellia serrata resin extract, terminalia ferdinandiana (kakadu plum) fruit extract, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, glyceryl stearate citrate, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol (vitamin E), xanthan gum, bisabolol, ethylhexylglycerin, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel extract, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, citrus tangerina (tangerine) peel extract

When I research ingredients, I classify them as “good,” “neutral,” or “bad.” While ingredients in that “bad” category are always disappointing to see, overall this lotion has a healthy balance of all three types of ingredients. Eight of the ingredients (that’s 40%!) are “good” ingredients that benefit the skin. Nine ingredients are neutral, which means they neither benefit or harm the skin. Lastly, there are three ingredients that are “bad,” which simply means they have the potential to be sensitizing.

I’ll provide brief descriptions of the eight good ingredients first (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
    • Good for all skin types
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
    • Purest and most researched form of vitamin C (aka L-ascorbic acid)
    • Potent antioxidant
    • High concentrations are effective at evening out skin tone
  • Terminalia ferdinandiana (kakadu plum) fruit extract
    • Antioxidant
    • High vitamin C content
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
    • Provides some UVB protection
  • Bisabolol
    • Skin-soothing
  • Vanilla planifolia fruit extract
    • Contains antioxidants
    • Skin-soothing

I was absolutely shocked to see ascorbic acid so close to the top of the list! As the purest form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid is also the most potent. Being included at a reasonably high concentration, it’s very likely to make a real difference in the appearance of skin! Vitamin C has many functions, but a couple of the most exciting ones are its brightening effect and its ability to fade dark spots to even out skin tone.

The other “good” ingredients listed are also exciting to see! The moisturizing ingredients are obviously important in this type of product, but the antioxidants provide great protection against free radical damage. The soothing ingredients are a nice addition as well because they can work to calm the skin.

The “neutral” ingredients are common ones found in skincare products. They support the formula’s texture and shelf life. These ingredients are things like solvents, emollients, thickeners, and preservatives.

Moving on to the unpleasant part, the “bad” ingredients. The first is an ingredient I’d never encountered before: boswellia serrata resin extract. This extract is skin-soothing, but it contains fragrant components that could be sensitizing. Next up is citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel extract which is added for its fragrance and could be sensitizing. Noticing a trend? The last “bad” ingredient is another potential skin-sensitizer: citrus tangerina (tangerine) peel extract. This one is an astringent, but it is also used for its fragrance.

It is slightly concerning that the boswellia serrata resin extract is so high up on the list. However, I checked EWG’s Skin Deep database and it gives boswellia serrata extract (may be slightly different from boswellia serrata resin extract) a score of “1” which indicates minimal risk. The two citrus fragrance ingredients are at the bottom of the list, so I don’t think they are likely to be problematic for many people. I’d also like to note here that the citrus scent is very subtle, so if scented skincare products bother you, this one likely won’t.

Price

Pacifica came through for us yet again to make Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion so affordable! It’s hard to believe this product is only $15.00 ($8.82/ounce). Vitamin C has become increasingly popular, and as a result many products featuring vitamin C are quite expensive. Fortunately, Pacifica stayed true to its regular drugstore pricing and kept this lotion reasonably priced!

I looked through some other moisturizers that feature vitamin C and my findings were interesting. First of all, most are $20+. Many of them contain vitamin C derivatives instead of the tried and true ascorbic acid, which is in this Pacifica lotion. Lastly, many of them are not cruelty-free! After looking at these other products, I definitely think Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion is a special product that’s well-worth the price.

Other products in the Glow Baby collection

Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion is a fairly recent launch, but the collection actually began quite a while ago with Pacifica Glow Baby Booster Serum. Now the collection includes four products to help you get your glow on! In addition to the lotion that I’ve just reviewed, the collection includes these products:

If you’re interested in the four skincare products (not including the Glow Baby Body Peel), you can save some money by purchasing all of them in the Glow Baby Bundle for $45.00! This is a great bargain and a good idea if you’re looking to start a whole new skincare regimen, as these products may be even more effective when used together.


Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion isn’t exactly what I expected it to be, but that’s OK! I’ve enjoyed using it every night for the past couple of weeks. I appreciate the hydration and antioxidants it provides, and its affordable price. Even more importantly, I’m thrilled that all of Pacifica’s products, including this one, are cruelty-free and vegan!

In Pacifica’s product claims, they state that the vitamin C, plant extracts, and vitamin E visibly brighten, firm, and reduce the appearance of signs of photoaging. I don’t think I’ve seen any of those visible improvements, but that’s to be expected since skincare takes several weeks or sometimes months to visibly improve skin. My skin is naturally in good condition and pretty bright (maybe from all the other vitamin C products I’ve used during this last year!), but this lotion is probably helping. 

Pacifica also claims that the formula is lightweight and non-greasy. I have to disagree there because I wouldn’t describe the texture as lightweight. Also, it feels slightly greasy on my combination skin (though it doesn’t bother me when used at night).

I think Pacifica Glow Baby VitaGlow Face Lotion could be a great addition for any skin type. As I mentioned before, it’s likely that not everyone will want to use it the same way, but it’s perfectly fine to use it morning or night!

That’s another Pacifica product review in the books for IntegriBeauty! If you enjoy Pacifica like I do, I encourage you to read some of my other reviews of their products. I’ve written several since I began this blog last year. 🙂

Have you tried any Pacifica moisturizers? What is your favorite Pacifica skincare product so far? Please share with me in the comments below!

Lauren

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Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer–Sculpt and Warm Up Your Skin for a Sun-Kissed Look

Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte BronzerAs someone with fair skin, bronzer is an absolute must in my makeup routine! It brings so much warmth and life to my skin. I don’t contour very much, but I appreciate neutral bronzers that can serve a dual-purpose to be used for a bit of contouring. The only bronzer in my collection for a very long time was the Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in the lightest shade, which is that perfect neutral brown that I like. I hit pan on that bronzer recently, and started to look for other neutral bronzers that would also work well on my fair skin. I ended up ordering the Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer in my very first order from the brand!

Mood Boost is one of Kiko Milano’s collections launched earlier this year. I’m new to the brand so I’m not sure how long the Mood Boost products will be available, but I believe the “themed” collections are temporary. If you’re interested in trying this bronzer after reading my review, I recommend ordering it soon! 🙂

Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Compact bronzing powder with four shades (per compact) and a matte finish. Infused with a vanilla fragrance. Ideal for warming up the complexion, enhancing the facial features and achieving an instant, even “sun-kissed” effect. Exclusive lightweight and ultra-sensorial textures offer a comfortable application and an even finish, for a flawless result.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $17.00
  • Net weight: 0.4 oz. | 14 g
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • Available in two shades
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com 
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
  • Overall rating: 8.0/10
    • Inclusivity: 5/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Pigmentation: 8/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 7/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Kiko Milano makes very good quality products, but I’ve noticed that the shade ranges for many products are lacking. Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is unfortunately only available in two shades! Each option actually has four individual shades swirled together in the pan, but since the pan is not very large, it would be difficult to pick up the individual shades (especially the ones in the middle). Additionally, the four shades are very similar to each other. 

  • 01 Sweet Honey is a light to medium warm brown
  • 02 Neutral Sienna is a very light neutral brown (this is the shade I purchased)

Kiko Milano didn’t provide shade descriptions, but these are the descriptions I would give each shade option. As I said in my description of Neutral Sienna, the colors are very light. I think this option is absolutely perfect for fair skin, or even very fair porcelain skin. It would probably show up on light skin as well, but I think light and light medium skin tones would prefer the Sweet Honey shade.

The most obvious thing that’s wrong with this shade “range” is that it doesn’t go nearly deep enough!! I’m not sure if people with medium skin tones could make Sweet Honey work, and those with deeper skin tones definitely wouldn’t be able to use it. This is so disappointing! 

No one should be excluded, and many are being excluded with this puny selection of shades. The beauty world is waking up and more brands are finally realizing the importance of inclusivity; unfortunately, it seems Kiko isn’t there yet!

So, looking at the two available shade options… I think it was smart choosing to make Neutral Sienna have a neutral undertone, because it’s more likely to work for everyone with fair skin. Sweet Honey, however, might not work for everyone with light to light medium skin because it does look quite warm and that doesn’t appeal to everyone.

Adding deep shades should be the #1 priority, but I think Kiko should also add a shade similar to Sweet Honey that has a neutral undertone. Unfortunately, I don’t believe any shades will be added since I believe Mood Boost is a temporary collection.

Packaging/ease of application

That first section was a bit of a bummer, I know. Good news, though! In this section I have nothing but good things to say about Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer. 

The packaging is absolutely stunning, which isn’t surprising as Kiko is known for making beautiful packaging. The compact is a pretty blush pink color and made out of plastic, but it feels sturdy and has a “soft touch” finish so it feels like a luxury product. It also has a very nice mirror in the lid. This compact is very travel-friendly.

The bronzer itself is a very smooth fine powder. It’s easy to pick up just the right amount on a brush because the bronzer isn’t too soft. I never need to tap off excess product before applying to my skin. My favorite brush to use with this bronzer is my trusty EcoTools Blending & Bronzing Brush. Application is smooth so this bronzer never looks streaky or patchy.

Since I have the more neutral shade, Neutral Sienna, I’m also able to use it to subtly contour my cheekbones. The shade at the very top (closest to the mirror) is actually an ideal contour shade for me, so I try to focus my brush on that area when picking up bronzer to use for contouring.

Pigmentation

Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is not very pigmented. People that are very skilled at applying bronzer may be bothered by formulas that aren’t very pigmented, but I actually think the lower pigmentation makes it much easier to apply. I can sort of go crazy with this bronzer and it never looks like too much!

To illustrate the pigmentation of this bronzer, I did four separate arm swatches. Going left to right, these swatches go from one swipe of bronzer to four swipes. As you can see, the first one is barely visible. Even on my fair skin, I have to build up this bronzer to make it visible on my skin. That’s partly because the shade is so light, but pigmentation is definitely a factor.

I appreciate the lower pigmentation for how easy it makes this bronzer to apply. However, I think it would’ve been nice if it had been formulated to be just a little bit more pigmented than it is. That’s because I have to spend more time building up this bronzer than I’m used to with the Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder.

Staying power

I have high expectations for my makeup’s staying power. I usually put it on in the morning and wear it for at least ten hours. Powder products generally last longer than creams, so my expectation for this bronzer to last was especially high. 

I wasn’t disappointed! I have never noticed any fading or change in how this bronzer looks on my skin, from the time I apply it to when I take it off at night. I don’t think about touching up my makeup most days, so I really appreciate that this bronzer is a “apply it and forget it” kind of product!

Price

If you’re not familiar with Kiko Milano, most of its products are quite affordable and would fall into the “drugstore price” category. Some Kiko products are definitely inching toward high-end prices and this is one of them. Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is $17.00 for a pretty standard amount of product.

There are several bronzers from other cruelty-free drugstore brands that can be purchased for $10.00 or less. I think Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is probably superior to many of them. The packaging is also prettier than other drugstore bronzers. However, I still think $17.00 is too expensive for this bronzer; $12.00 would probably be more appropriate.


Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer has some faults, but I have really enjoyed it so far. It’s one of the most beautiful makeup products that I own, which adds an extra element of fun to using it! I also like that I don’t need to be precise with this bronzer, and I can sweep it on until I achieve the look I’m going for. It really does provide the prettiest, most natural-looking glow.

Kiko’s product claims for the Mood Boost Matte Bronzer were spot on. This bronzer really does warm up the complexion and provide an even sun-kissed glow. The formula is also lightweight and easy to work with. I didn’t mention the fragrance before, but there is also a subtle vanilla fragrance as Kiko stated in the description. It is almost undetectable and I never smell it once it’s applied to my skin.

This is a really good bronzer. If one of the two shade options will work for your skin tone, and it’s in your budget, I definitely recommend it!

Have you tried the Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer or anything else from the Mood Boost collection? What about other bronzers from Kiko? Please comment below!

Lauren

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