Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration

I’m a BzzAgent and when I was selected for the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Campaign I was excited, not just because I’m a skin care/product junkie… but because I am a big fan of natural products especially when they are for dry, sensitive, acne prone skin. I have fantasies about discovering miracle skin care products that leave my skin flawless (On a flawless note…. I recently ordered an airbrush make-up machine/kit that I am DYING to try out. Waiting for it’s arrival is killing me), see I’m dedicated to finding flawless!

Well Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Skin Care came at the PERFECT time, I had just ran out of my Chae Organics face wash. Plus I’ve been using Paula’s Choice BHA 9 along with my favorite acne product- Chae Organics Eracer, and while this combo has kept my skin looking pretty clear I noticed the BHA 9 can make my already dry skin a bit more dry. I was on the hunt for an intense moisturizer that would tend to my desert of a face. Then enter Burt’s Bees!

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When I opened my Burt’s Bees package I found a Intense Hydration Face Wash, Treatment Mask, and a Night Cream.

One thing that bothered me right off the bat was the heavy scent of the products. They don’t smell bad, they smell of orange/citrus/cucumber? While the scent is light, it feels heavily scented if that makes sense? Upon investigating the ingredients I noted fragrance was listed, but there was also orange and citrus oils in the ingredients that I’m sure naturally contributed to the scent. I’ve been using mostly all natural skin care products for a few years now and I will admit a lot of them don’t smell great (dirty socks and tea tree oil) or if I’m lucky they won’t have much of a scent at all, but I’m ok with that because I have sensitive acne prone skin. I would have liked it if Burt’s Bees wouldn’t have added fragrance to this line.

Intense Hydration Face Wash- This was the first product I tried and with it’s divinely creamy texture it spread over my face like butta (without feeling greasy like butter!). It doesn’t leave a film on my face as long as I don’t overuse. If I use too much I have to be very  diligent in order to rinse away all of the creaminess. My skin feels amazingly smooth immediately after I use it, literally the first time I washed my face with it I couldn’t stop feeling my skin (too bad it wasn’t some hot guy brushing his manly warm hand on my cheek sayin ‘Oh girl you got smooth skin I can’t stop caressing it’).  Also this is a great face wash to use with the Clarisonic.

Intense Hydration Treatment Mask- I use a similar product by Paula’s Choice called ‘Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask’ so I was familiar with the concept of the Treatment Mask. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Treatment Masks it can be kind of confusing because it’s not like your typical ‘mask’ which dries and hardens or peels. Burt’s Bees Treatment Mask is a thick cream texture, you rub it onto your skin and you can either leave it on overnight or rinse it off 10 minutes or so. Note that this doesn’t really fully sink into skin with ease, so it’s not a good ‘lotion’ as it’s meant to be a treatment! I started out by testing this on a dry patch which has been plaguing my chin for 6 months. It won’t go away (I think it’s maybe eczema or something?). It’s peely, dry and some days worse than others, but this dry patch is determined to linger on my chin no matter what! It’s my arch nemesis at this point. I noticed after a few days of putting the Burt’s Bees Treatment Mask on my dry patch for 20+ minutes the dryness noticeably became smoother because I was able to take tweezers and easily peel off some of the dry flakey skin due to the Treatment Mask softening the dead flakey skin (that sounds really gross, but hey… it was a plus for me!).  I also use this under my eyes at night and it’s really adding a zest of moister to my under eye area. This is my favorite product out of the three I’ve tested. It’s a great multi-tasker for winter skin.

Intense Hydration Night Cream- Night creams freak me out a bit. My skin needs a lot of moister but I hate a sticky/greasy face. I have satin sheets and nothing is worse than tacky skin sticking to my pillow case! I find a lot of night creams are so rich, never fully sink in, and break me out. The Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream sinks into my skin very well. I like applying this cream right after I wash my face when my skin is still a little damp, this ensures that the cream soaks in while allowing me to use less product. My skin feels like velvet after I apply but the problem is 20 minutes later it has absorbed and I feel like it doesn’t leave enough deep lasting hydration, even after a month of using it nightly it didn’t leave me any more hydrated than when I was using my day cream for my night cream. I’m not saying this product is a terrible Night Cream, and the ironic thing is I usually find night creams too rich for me and this wasn’t rich enough. t’s sort of like Goldielocks and the Three Bears… you gotta find that porridge that’s juuuuuuuuust right!

One important thing to mention is that I’ve been using all three of these products on a regular daily basis for over a month and I haven’t had any breakouts or skin reactions!

Now I can’t say I’ve seen dramatic results… don’t get me wrong, I feel like this is a good skin care line for dry skin, and I think some of the products have even helped a few of my dry patches (mainly the Intense Hydration Treatment Mask) but I can’t say any of these products are my new holy grail products. The immediate results feel amazing- like right after I wash my face, or right after I apply the cream but long-term wise I haven’t noticed a huge change in my skin, and the Intense Hydration Line claims to help skins ability to retain moister, but at the end of the day my skin is still dry even after using these products religiously for over a month. Bottom line is that for me these products show me immediate results, but not long-term results.  Now these products also claim to help soften wrinkles/lines but since I just turned 30 and thankfully don’t have any wrinkles yet (knock on wood) I can’t speak to if the product lives up to that claim.

…That being said, the big question is would I buy any of these products on my own dime? Yes. I’m mostly thrilled they haven’t broken me out, and that they are easy accessible. I buy most, well pretty much ALL of my skin care online and it’s nice to be able to pop into a local store and be able to pick up my skin care! I think the face wash and Treatment Mask will remain in my rotation of skin care products and I’ve even recommended them to friends and family… but I will still be on the hunt for something that can smooth out my dry patches long term- not just a quick few hour fix/dose of moister.

December 5, 2012. Tags: , , , , . beauty, Natural, Skin. Leave a comment.

Review and Swatches: Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup Buff 150

I’m a MAC Liquid Studio Fix Girl. I know, I know… full coverage, heavy, cakey, blah, blah. I know all about the horrible reviews! But I’ve been using it for years because it’s the ONLY foundation that has a good pale shade for my NC15 skin and can cover my blemished-red-combo-really dry-flakey-patched-skin-with-oily-T-zone-skin *whew*. I love the buildable/layerable coverage it offers me because some days my skin is clear-ish, some days it’s a mess, other days it’s crazy flakey and often during the summer time it’s oily….. I know, my skin has multiple personalities! With Studio Fix I can adapt it to my daily differing skin needs just by altering my application techniques/tools. Plus it has multi-tasking abilities because it doubles as my under eye concealer. Basically MAC Studio Fix is like the Jack Rabbit of the vibrators- does everything I want it to and MORE, but maybe sometimes it’s a little over the top?

You’d think MAC Liquid Studio Fix is my HG, but my skin never looks very ‘natural’ and I am firmly aware of this, but a made up face  goes with my overly made up wanna be 1950’s sexy house wife style, maybe a slutty 1950’s housewife though? Slippers and blowjobs after work… I’m pretty sure that’s what my make-up whored up face says about me. Yet I’m always on the market for a foundation that does everything Studio Fix does but looks a tad more natural. When I stumbled upon raving reviews on Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation it seemed like everything I was looking for! Medium/full buildable coverage that looked natural! SOLD!

$13.99 got me a glass jar full of what I was expecting to be magic in Shade 150 Buff. I raced home and washed off my Studio Fix… I was sure I’d be saying “Peace out Studio Fix! This face is going to be looking flawless and NATURAL!” . I applied it with a stipple brush, but found I had to rub/tap it in with my finger for a smoother result. It wasn’t really whipped, more like a nice cream texture which I liked.

It applied easily but oh boy, the outcome was a horrible grey/green/yellow face. It was dull and had what I like to call ‘death’ undertones. It wasn’t even that the color is too light- like I mentioned I am a NC15, which is a light tone with yellow undertones. But the 150 Buff was grayish with a tinge of green/yellow making me look like a zombie. It’s so dull and muddy! Often times I have this issue with Neutral toned foundations, but it’s funny because I have pretty neutral undertone- not really yellow nor pink, sometimes I feel MAC NC15 can be too yellow for me depending on my application method and which MAC foundation I’m using.  A lot of the reviews I found on Buff 150 mentioned it had slight yellow undertones, which I thought would be comparable to NC15 and a great shade for us pal gals. Didn’t work for this pale girl!

I tried to capture the grey color by comparing it to my NC15 liquid Studio fix on the left, Revlon Colorstay Whipped 150 Buff in the middle, and Studio Sculpt NC15 on the far right (every picture is in the same color order). I compared it to MAC Studio Sculpt because I wanted to show a range of the NC15 colors, plus the Revlon Whipped foundation reminded me exactly of MAC Studio Sculpt Which…. I hate, but we’ll get to that in a minute!

Some pictures have flash and some don’t- but I think you can see what I am talking about how the Buff 150 looks more neutral (which may be great for some people) but note how it looks a bit muddy compared to the NC15’s. Too muddy and dull for me (yet it’s very light/pale like the NC15’s). My initial reaction of the color was positive: “This will be a great color for me!” when looking at it in the pot. But pot to face is very different! You can’t tell well in these pictures but it turned so grey on my skin!

 

Now that we’ve got my color matching horror out of the way, lets move on!

I tend to like more of a matte finish, but I am always intrigued with foundations that claims to have a semi or natural matte finish- not dewy but not a complete matte. It seems to make for a more natural finish in theory but not on my skin! I should have learned my lesson with MAC Studio Sculpt which left me with a tacky finish that would not go away, I had to powder over a tacky mess which was a nightmare. The powder stuck like a magnet to my tacky skin thus making my face look disgusting and highlighting my dry patches and yet still looked dewy everywhere else. Dewy and dry? How does that work? It doesn’t work. Why does a natural finish have to mean sticky skin???

…. The Revlon Colorstay Whipped did the EXACT same thing. I even set it with my Skindinvia Shine No More spray before I powdered hoping that would take away some of the tackyness. I let it sit for a good 20 minutes hoping it would set…. but nope. It didn’t look as dewy as Mac Studio Sculpt, in fact it looked more powdery but my face felt so sticky. It was the sticky factor that prompted me to powder not so much the LOOK of the final finish. I just couldn’t stand my face feeling sticky plus I felt like it wasn’t setting. Like it’d smear/transfer everywhere sans setting powder. After 20 minutes of waiting for it to dry to a non sticky state, I had to re-rub it back into my skin because I noticed it started accentuating my peach fuzz hair that I’ve never noticed before! After panicking and thinking “I am not a Kardashian! I am not hairy!” I realized how strange it was to be able to re-work a foundation after it had been on my skin for 20+ minutes, it was as if I as just applied it…. obviously  this foundation was not going to stay in place without some help. I don’t know about that 24 hour claim! The crazy thing is I didn’t over apply this- the coverage is pretty nice, a little goes a long way which impressed me. I didn’t have to ‘layer’ or build the coverage. One sweep all over my face resulted in awesome coverage, and two sweeps under my eyes hid my dark circles. But I can’t imagine if you are trying to build coverage because I see this getting more sticky/tacky as you layer/build! Finally I set it with my finishing powder and the fluffiest brush I could find. Yup, my colorless finely milled finishing powder clung to the sticky foundation making the result look even more powdery. Not the natural look I was going after.

At this point I looked liked walking death with a grey cast to my face  and a powdery finish. Sexy? Sure if I were a zombie. A zombie who worked at a beauty counter and could not color match my own living dead skin tone.

Since I am hardcore I left it on my face just to test out performance (no I did not go outside, I didn’t want to scare any small children with my deathly look). I was curious how it would hold up throughout the day. After I powdered my face and waited another 20 minutes I felt like everything settled. My skin looked and felt pretty matte. The powder-ness kind of sunk in and looked a little bit better- although like I mentioned this really accentuated any facial hair I had. Keep in mind I’m naturally blonde and not hairy at all, yet I felt the need to go shave my face after looking in the mirror with this foundation. Ick. It held up well through the day, I had it on for about 4 hours when it started looking a little dry/dewy on my combo skin but nothing too terrible. A good 6 hours into it I felt like I needed to rub it back into my skin as it started to separate on my chin and settle into my larger pores on my cheeks.

I got less dewy with Revlon Colorstay Whipped than I did with MAC Studio Sculpt, which was a plus. I felt like MAC Studio Sculpt made my skin look smoother than Revlon Colorstay Whipped though. Also MAC Studio Sculpt offers livelier fair shades- bright and nice, not dull and deathly.  Overall these two foundations are very similar.  I’d say if you hated Studio Sculpt you’re probably going to hate Colorstay Whipped or vice versa.

I’ll stick to Studio Fix and I will be returning the Colorstay. Even if I could find a better color match in the Revlon Whipped Color Stay I can’t stand the sticky mess it leaves on my face. Sure, maybe it’s a skin prep issue or something… but I’ve never had issues my serum/moisturizer/primer combo before and I am not about to change it up just to suit this foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 24, 2012. Tags: , , , . beauty, Make-up, Skin. 1 comment.