Thursday, January 19, 2012

Skincare Review: BeautyMint Renewing Moisturizer with Elastin

The Product: BeautyMint Renewing Moisturizer with Elastin

The Review: Here is what BeautyMint claims this product does, straight from their website:

Our body’s elastin keeps skin supple and vibrant, but time can diminish it. This lightweight, elastin-rich cream contains anti-aging ingredients delivered to skin with our patented technology designed to maximize benefits.

  • Jojoba esters and Hawaiian macadamia nut oil hydrate
  • Vitamins C and E are known to function as extraordinary antioxidants
  • Light-diffusing properties help promote a luminous glow

Here is what it actually does: NOTHING. This is hands down the lamest moisturizer I have ever used. It makes your face feel slightly more moisturized for around 10 minutes. Then, nothing. It's like you didn't even use a moisturizer. The Ultra Replenishing Serum did more to moisturize my face than this crap did. I mean, this stuff is absolutely useless. I even tried rubbing some on my hands to see if I was just being nitpicky bitch, but nope! It sucked even as a hand moisturizer. And this is supposed to be the more moisturizing of the face lotions BeautyMint offers. I don't even want to know what the Strengthening Hydrator is like... UGH. 

I'll start ranting from the beginning. When I got the set, I was astounded at how freaking TINY the moisturizer was. I think the tube is .5oz, which is not much, considering that it's not one of those face lotions where a little goes a long way. No, this product is very weak and sort of thin-looking for a moisturizer, and you need a decent amount for your face and neck. And it doesn't do anything! I tried doing the BeautyMint regimen, using the lotion on only one half of my face, and I saw no difference on the lotioned side. 

Last but not least, I have to laugh at the "light diffusing properties" part. I've used "light diffusing" moisturizers before. They leave a subtle sheen on your skin. This moisturizer goes on clear and leaves nothing. Well, maybe they got confused and thought that moist skin = a luminous glow? All in all, this is the worst product of the set, and I can't imagine having to use it every month.

Rated Beauty Grade: D

Where to Purchase: BeautyMint

Monday, January 16, 2012

Skincare Review: BeautyMint Ultra Replenishing Serum

The Product: BeautyMint Ultra Replenishing Serum

The Review: As far as moisturizing serums go, this one is decent. It's much more impressive than the cleanser, and if it came in a normal sized container, I think I'd consider buying it. Personally, I wouldn't buy it at department store pricing; it's more of an upper-level Target sort of buy, because it really doesn't do anything except moisturize. I guess I could see it doing more for me long term as a wrinkle preventative, but right now, as far as I'm concerned, it's just another moisturizer.

As for the details, the serum itself has a creamier consistency than what I usually expect from a serum. A small amount covers my entire face and neck, and I thought it absorbed quickly, leaving no weird residue-y feeling. There's also not a whole lot of scent- just a light, slightly herbal fragrance. Other than that, there's not a lot to report. Overall, I found the product to be pleasant and moisturizing but not mindblowing.

Rated Beauty Grade: B

Where to Purchase: BeautyMint

Friday, January 6, 2012

Skincare Review: BeautyMint Essential Cleanser with Aloe

The Product: BeautyMint Essential Cleanser with Aloe

The Review: I wish there was a lot of interesting things I could say about this cleanser, but there's not. Well, other than the fact that it's paraben, oil, and fragrance free. I find that to be very nice, but to me, it's just a boring, normal cleanser. Don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with that. However, if you like your facewashing to be an "experience" full of fun scents, bubbles, and tingly sensations, this is not the cleanser for you, because it's the epitome of bland.

Essential Cleanser with Aloe is very gentle. Pretty sure it was formulated for people with extra-sensitive skin, like my sister, who is incredibly allergy prone. While it does have a slight, almost sterile, scent, it wasn't enough to freak out my nose, so that's a plus. Also, without the "harsh lathering agents" (their words), it doesn't really lather. It does, however, get your face clean without drying out your skin. Yay, for products doing what they're supposed to. And that's all I can think of to say about it. It's a cleanser. It gets your face clean in the most boring way possible with no detrimental side effects.

My only issue with the product itself is that it's so gentle, I'm not sure it would work effectively on people who have super oily skin. People with combination skin, dry skin, or sensitive skin should be fine with it. But people with oily skin? I'm not sure it would be enough.

Rated Beauty Grade: B+

Where to purchase: BeautyMint

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

BeautyMint Review Continued

Alrighty. I've used the BeautyMint products for about a week now and feel like I can give a better review now that my skin seems to have adjusted. I think I'm going to make individual posts for each of the products and use this post to detail my overall experience with BeautyMint as a whole, because otherwise, this post is going to be ginormous. Plus, the products are supposed to be used together, so it makes sense to me to do a review of the set as a whole before I get into the nit-picking details.

When I first started using the products, my skin was NOT happy. It felt dry, tight, and I started breaking out a little bit. Some people get breakouts from having skin that's too oily, but I get breakouts whenever my skin gets too dry (dry skin cells clog your pores, leading to pimples). Also, there was a little stinging at the end of all the product application, of which I was not a fan. At first, I was trying to follow the little card they gave me: Essential Cleanser with Aloe, Ultra Replenishing Serum with Marine Collagen, Sculpting Treatment with Peptides, and Renewing Moisturizer with Elastin during the day, and the same regimen with the Resurfacing Treatment with Retinol instead of the sculpting treatment at night. This didn't work for me, because it left my skin too dry. Since I can get away with washing my face only once a day, I decided to use all the products together at night to see if it made a difference, which it did.

I'm not sure if I'm technically supposed to be able to combine all 5 products, but it's working for me. I'm no longer breaking out and my skin doesn't have that tight, annoying dry feeling. I'm also seeing some improvement in my skin's texture, because while it's still a little dry, it's quite soft. Also, my freckles have faded quite a bit. Impressive! But I'm not seeing any real difference in my fine lines, which, if anything, are only being enhanced by the dryness of my skin. All in all, I think I'll continue to use them, because I love that my freckles are disappearing and that the products are largely unscented. However, I don't think they're worth $49.99 (I got the pricier set).

After using them for a while, I have come to the conclusion that the set I received was definitely worth the $29.99 I paid and not worth the $49.99 I'll be charged for my next set. The products perform, but I don't think they perform to the level that they're advertised. Also, the packaging is cheap. Really cheap. They come in this little BeautyMint travel bag (apparently it's also biodegradable?) that, in theory, should neatly display your products and hold them upright for easy access. In reality, if you try to display your products as they want you to, the bag topples over. Since it's closed with 2 flimsy plastic snaps, once it falls over, it opens up and all your products roll right out. The products themselves are in cheap packaging as well. The pumps for the serums dispense varying amounts of product and the caps fall off constantly. It's incredibly annoying, especially when you're supposed to be getting "$150" worth of product with every order. Pfffft. Speaking of that...

I just went to BeautyMint's website, and all of the pricing information has been removed. Um... Whaaaaaat? They used to have a couple references to your BeautyMint set being $150 worth of products. In November, they were all like, "Look at how affordable we're making these products for you!" and now... Nothing. Smart on their part, because you're literally getting a travel-sized/sample sized set of products, and I can't find a single $150 skincare travel set on Sephora. I find the disappearance of pricing to be extremely interesting, because it seems to coincide with their Plumdistrict deal, where people were misled, in my opinion, to think they were getting an amazing deal. Instead, they were getting the same $20-off deal Beautymint was offering to all new members.  I'm sure tons of people bitched them out for it...

At the end of the day, the products have faded my freckles and my skin seems improved, if a titch drier than normal. I love that they have very little scent and think they'd work wonders on people with combination or mild-moderate dry/oily skin. People on the more severe end of the dry/oily spectrum should probably look elsewhere. For me, these products aren't worth $50 a month, and I'm not impressed with their program as a whole. I'd much rather get a full-size set that works with my skin type and lasts me 3-6 months.