Witch Casket July 2017

Disclaimer: I know that there are some people who will have a negative reaction to this post. To you I will just say that I am in no way pushing any sort of beliefs onto my readers and that this review is more geared towards readers who have an interest in these things.

I have nothing but love and respect towards everyone no matter what.

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Official picture from the official website.

This is the first subscription service I’ve tried out and I’ve been very curious about such services for a long time but I decided against trying a makeup subscription service as I feel that they would simply just not work for me.

But I came across this last month and I became interested immediately. I’ve been dabbling in these sort of things since I was a small child and it has always been something that has brought a lot of positivity into my life.

Besides that this is one of the more inexpensive subscription services I’ve found on the internet in regards to shipping to my country.

 

Details

This subscription has three price points based on where the box is sent+there is no shipping fee applied.

UK: 24​£

Europe: 30​£

Rest of the world: 35​£

 

This subscription is also vegan friendly!

In each casket there are “casket only” exclusive items and products from selected shops. Each casket has a minimum of 40£ value.

 

Delivery

The delivery was quicker than I initially expected.

These caskets get sent out every 15th in the month and the creators behind this service are very honest that their shipping service can be a bit unreliable when it comes to shipping time, which is quite normal but I like that sort of honesty.

For me it took six days before this turned up at my doorstep. This is quite a normal delivery time anytime I’m receiving something from the UK.

I like the fact that the casket came enveloped in a plastic case as i helps to protect box itself but also makes sure that it is discreet.

 

Items this month

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Picture from the official website.

This month’s casket theme was the moon and dreams. I’m putting this under a read more since this post is quite lenghty.

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Is it as good as I remember? Lush Edition

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This is a series where I review products that I once loved to find out if the product still delivers. The rules are simple: It must be at least a minimum of three years since the last time I used the product. This is just a response to the idea that personal taste changes and that what you once loved might no longer be to your preference.

 

Lush is a cosmetics brand that does not need any introduction. I have loved this brand since I went to a school trip in middle school many years ago and over these years I have tried out a wide range of their offerings.

But in this post I’ll be covering two products that I have loved and I finally managed to snatch them up some time ago.

 

Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar

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This was the first product I ever tried from Lush and it is a product that is difficult to get your hand on from the net store, it usually is always sold out and the shipping cost is high.

But I did manage to snatch it up some time ago and let me tell you, I forgot how much I loved this product.

I know that not everyone will like the scent this has. It is a very strong mix of cinnamon and menthol that is reminiscent of tiger balm but with a sweeter undertone. Personally I absolutely love it and if I had the skills I’d try to recreate it as a perfume oil.

It is a lovely massage bar for the days when I have muscle pains. First it feels very cooling but it then starts to warm up a bit and helps relaxing the muscles.

I love the consistency of this massage bar, it is soft but it does not disappear immediately on skin but it is also not what I would call greasy either. It does a nice job at moisturizing the skin.

Personally I love to use it after a nice bath/shower then lather this in my hands before applying it. This is of course before going to bed with multiple layers of blankets on top.

But is it me or has this massage bar become more expensive and smaller over the years?

Well this is a rediscovered love and I’ll see if I manage to snatch it up again someday.

 

New Shampoo Bar

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Offciial pic from Lush.

As some of you might have guessed, I am a sucker for anything cinnamon.

This is a solid shampoo bar that is supposed to keep dandruff away, ensure good scalp health and keep hair from becoming oily.

Among the ingredients are peppermint oil, nettle extract, cinnamon leaf oil, rosemary oil, bay oil and clove bud oil. All of these oils and extracts are good for scalp and oily hair to my knowledge.

The last time I had this I had extremely oily hair and my scalp was riddled with psoriasis, which meant that for me a lot of the shampoos created to combat oily hair were very harsh to my scalp and I would sometimes get sores caused by the irritation.

This shampoo bar managed to keep my scalp free from psoriasis, got rid of the oils and my hair became more balanced. This shampoo bar worked miracles for my hair and its effect has lasted through the years.

That’s why I did not rebuy it again as I managed to be capable of using other shampoos since my hair and scalp got balanced.

But I rebought this some time ago to see what I thought of it now.

This shampoo is still great but I find myself using this only when I’m trying to remove styling products from my hair as it is a shampoo that is effective at removing such products. But I’m not capable of using it as an everyday shampoo as I feel it is a bit harsh for my taste.

This might have more to do with me bleaching my hair and let me be honest, no matter how healthy you hair is or how careful you are with bleaching your hair, you are still damaging you hair and weakening it and it will have a tendency to become more brittle.

But I still find myself loving this shampoo as it is super effective and my scalp absolutely adores it.

 

Sugarpill: Kim Chi Liquid Lip Color

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This is the liquid lipstick released in collaberation with Kim Chi, participant on Rupaul’s drag race in season eight.

I have to say that I am a huge fan of Kim Chi, I absolutely adored her on the show and I admire her creativity.

 

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Official swatch from Sugarpill.

Official description:

Matte lavender mauve with a subtle, unique blend of transparent aqua and violet sparkles that twinkle brighter as the formula sets! Our creamy, mousse-like formula never feels dry on your lips. Donut scented!

Created by Kim Chi, Chicago-based drag queen and live-action anime character! http://www.kimchithedragqueen.com

Net Wt. 6 grams / .21 oz.

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Ingredients list.

My opinion:

I have been looking for something like this for a while, a lip product with a gorgeous lavender colour that still features something extra.

One thing I have to say about Sugarpill’s liquid lipsticks is that I see that the brand creates them within a formula based finish. This one does have a similar finish as Trinket, only difference is that the glitter in Kim Chi is a lot more subtle.

The doughnut scent is not horrible but I don’t love it either as I am sensitive to sweet scents. It is a lot more comfortable than the creamsicle scent that Trinket has though.

The shade is really lovely and far from the usual muted lavenders out on the market, don’t misunderstand me this is still a somewhat “soft” shade but it’s not as “watered” down as lavender coloured lip products usually are.

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I also get comments from people that my lips look fuller when I’m wearing this. I’m not sure if I agree but I do love how this looks on me.

But I have to say that compared to the other liquid lipsticks I own from Sugarpill, I found this one to be a lot more drying and it even sometimes crumble when I’m wearing it occasionally. It makes me not reach for Kim Chi as often as I’d want to even though it is a gorgeous shade.

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The packaging is the same as the others with the doe-foot applicator as well.

I love the packaging Sugarpill have for their liquid lipsticks and their formulas.

If you haven’t read me reviewing my other products from Sugarpill, here’s the link Sugarpill collection.

 

Have you tried this?

What do you think about Sugarpill as a brand?

 

Geek Chic Cosmetics: Solid Scents

I bought four of these and as the name suggests they are solid and the company’s site states on their site, they differ from their liquid “sprites” with their warmer drydown, more subtle scent and longer wear.

Solid perfumes are something that I’ve been trying to get my hands on lately as I remember them being popular way back ago. They are generally much gentler to skin than alcohol based scents and also much economical in the long run.

Unfortunately they are difficult to come by but I’d really wish this type of perfume became normalised and common.

These come in a practical twist up tube containing net.wt  .07 oz and the price at the website is 3.49.

But how do these hold up?

 

Les femmes tragiques: Queen of shades

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Description: Queen of Shades is a lush mixture of juicy jewels of pomegranate and sweet pearls of acai berry on a bed of sweet, fresh-cut roses, just opening their blossoms. Queen of Shades is a dark yet sweet floral fit for a queen.

Top notes: Fresh-cut roses
Middle notes: Fresh, juicy acai berry
Base notesTiny jewels of pomegranate

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Well I do love the background story as Persephone is one of my favourite greek goddesses but this disappointed me.

The notes and the description made this seem like a “fresh” scent with some sweetness but what I got was instead an artificial candy smell that gave me a severe headache in under fifteen minutes.

Unfortunately for me I could not go home until three hours later and even when I did my best to wash it away, what happened was that it turned into pure sugar and I probably had to wash it off three times more to get the scent away.

I really wanted to like this but it is too sweet and cheap, and the so-called fresh roses are rotting and that’s the only thing “dark” about this scent.

Really disappointed and I believe there are few people who would like it.

 

Badasses of fiction: Executioner

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Description: Executioner is very rich, and it.. well, it just smells like you’d imagine dark red would smell. Like a Victorian parlor, something ancient yet full of life.

Top notes: Deep, dark oakmoss and cool greens
Middle notes: Musk and gentle florals
Base notes: Gourmand of currant and sweet wine

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This one I was really excited for as the notes made this seem like a darker gourmand with some tartness to it.

On the first swipe of this the cool greens, which I believe is mint, are the dominant notes alongside with what I believe is the oakmoss and musk. It’s not bad but it is a scent I would call musty.

After awhile the top notes disappear and I’m left with the most powdery scent I’ve ever come across. It does become a little bit overbearing as it also smells “old” on me.

It is among the better ones of these but I feel that this scent is what i consider an old woman’s scent.

I won’t slam it completely though as I believe there will be some people who this would just smell amazing on, but I am not one of them.

I love the green notes in this though.

 

Badasses of fiction: Crazy loves company

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Description: Crazy Loves Company has an aura of warm amber and soft cocoa, but cotton candy and kettle corn come through clearly and red velvet cake rounds the whole thing out.

Top notes: Red Velvet Cake and sugary cotton candy
Middle notes:
Kettle corn and funnel cake
Base notes:
Amber, musks, and cocoa

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This I’ll admit was only bought because Harley Quinn is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. I did not expect to like this at all since all the notes scream cloyingly sweet but surprisingly enough I find this one quite comfortable to wear.

Don’t misunderstand me this is quite a sweet scent but I still find it likeable for what it is. I believe it is the hint of a salty note that do make this in my opinion a wearable scent and I’m fond of amber no matter what.

It is very lovely and I’m pleasantly surprised since I thought I would hate this one.

I find this scent to be very rounded and whole bodied compared to most sweet candy scents I’ve tried.

 

Badasses of fiction: Quid Pro Quo

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Description: Quid Pro Quo just smells like high society. Like an Italian bakery in a library. It’s basically a gourmet of class.

Top notes: Dry, heady merlot mixed with sweet milk
Middle notes: Fresh baked baguette and crisp, fresh parchment/papyrus
Base notes: Warm vanilla and cool stone

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This one I have a little bit of mixed feelings about.

Straight out of the tube, the scent reminds me of a lip balm I used when I was a child and its weirdly nostalgic.

It is a comfortable scent with warm notes and something cold lurking beneath. It certainly does have some gourmandy notes but they are not the stereotypically sweet notes that people associate with that fragrance group. These are very warm and rounded with a hint of tartness about them.

But the scent has also something cold about it which I believe is the notes that are refered to as cool stone and fresh parchment/papyrus. The last one also gives a drier feel to this fragrance which is welcome since it does not end up being powdery.

But too me this still falls behind a bit.

It ends up to me as a below average scent since it does smell like it could have been “blended” better if you get what i mean.

But in the end it is comfortable to me and very nostalgic, I enjoy wearing this at night when the temperature runs low.

 

Conclusion

I did not expect these to be super complex fragrances as they are extremely cheap.

My view on perfumes is that they don’t need to be “advanced” or complex in order to be good. Even perfumes with only two notes can still be better than most of what you can buy over the counter from designer brands.

But these do not cut that mark for me.

Yes I do actually like two of these, but I rarely reach for them and for me that is a clear sign that I won’t buy more of these or try out the other scents in the line.

To me these scents seem like the work of someone mixing perfumes for the first time or someone using low quality fragrance oils.

Again I did not expect the highest quality or craftmanship due to the price so I’m not slamming neither the company or the person crafting these scents. This is entirely on me as I knew what I possibly would get but I wanted to try them out still.

I have to say that I LOVE the formula itself.

It is quite non – greasy and it does not leave a residue which is a great thing with these solid perfumes. The company deserves all the praise for that as this is something a lot of people experience with solid perfumes.

 

 

Lunatick cosmetic labs: Elvira Mistress of the Dark eyeshadow and blush makeup palette

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Official pic from Lunatick Cosmetics labs.

This is a limited edition palette released to celebrate Elvira’s 35th anniversary.

It is both vegan and cruelty free.

This palette contains one blush and five eyeshadows.

It is also the first product I’ve tried from this brand.

 

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Packaging

The packaging is incredible. It is sturdy despite being made of card board and shaped into a coffin shape, it has a nice magnetic closing which secures the content inside and the palette is quite heavier than I initially thought it would be.

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When you open it up there is pop ups, which I actually think the palette would have been better without but that’s just my opinion. The mirror is in the shape of a dagger blade and it is too small to be used when applying makeup but nice when you are going to do a touch up.

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I do love that the ingredients list on the backside of the palette which i easy to read and also shows which shade is named what. It is easy and organised, making it easier to use this palette.

I love all the details and thought that went into this such as the names of all the shades. If you have watched Elvira:Mistress of the Dark you will get the references throughout this palette.

Of course the image of Elvira on the front rounds the palette up and just makes this palette glorious beyond belief.

 

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Eyeshadows

One quick note about these shades is that they might not seem like they would work together the first time you look at them, but actually this palette is just composed in a way that makes it possible to create different looks.

Of course this palette depends quite a lot on your personal taste.

I can see a couple of combinations that would look great together.

Such as the combination of Macabre-Bone-Unpleasant Dreams or Aunt Morgana-Battitude-Unpleasant Dreams. Those two combinations are the ones that jump at me from this palette but I do see other variations aswell.

Which makes this a very exciting palette since I feel that to create a nice eyeshadow look I don’t need to rummage through my collection to find complimentary shadows. Besides that there are a couple of shades within this palette that I have been on the lookout for.

 

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Aunt Morgana

In the pan: This is a nice shimmery berry shade with no large shimmer specks.

When I was applying this it turned warmer and lost some of its berry tones and showed up a little more like a copper with some purple in it. But the copper does not arrive from the shimmer which still remains in the subtle territory.

It is also packs up a lot of pigment which is something I know a lot of people don’t like but it is smooth on the lid and I enjoy this shade. It is the most subtle and neutral of all the eyeshadows in this palette.

Comparing how it looks like in the pan and how it looks like applied is like night and day. I’m not complaining as the shade really emphasizes my light eyes.

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Primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Battitude

In the pan: Lovely matte sky blue shade.

Applying this is not as smooth as Aunt Morgana and it kicks up product from the pan and takes a little bit of work to blend properly on the lid.

Make no mistake I love this shade since I currently don’t have any matte blue in my collection and this is actually in my opinion a very flattering blue.

It is what I would call a super matte and they do tend to be a little less agreeable than regular mattes with a more sheen to them and they also have a tendency to hate primers.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Unpleasant Dreams

In the pan: Purest of matte black.

I use black eyeshadows to achieve a soft kohl rim around my eyes and I find myself primarily using this for that purpose. I have another matte black, but that one does have a slight sheen to it so I do find this one stiffer which also gives off a better kohl effect than the other one.

In other words I really like this one, it is a nice standard matte black which anyone need in their collection.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Macabre

In the pan: Shimmery rusty bright red with no large shimmer specks.

This is a very gorgeous vegan red.

Vegan reds are notoriously difficult to get right but Lunatick cosmetic labs managed to create a great one.

Macabre is different from my other reds since it is more of a rusty-red. I don’t have anything like it in my collection and I find that very wierd since it is a very flattering shade. I like the fact that it avoids becoming an orange-red as those shades don’t flatter my complexion.

This one has the same texture as Aunt Morgana but I find this to be much smoother and easier to work with.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

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Bone

In the pan: Is a matte pure white.

This one was one I had high hopes for since I do miss a great nice opaque white.

I found this one more difficult to work with and being more patchy than Battitude or Unpleasant Dreams even though they are the same formula and finish. It could be that I am using an eyeshadow primer, which is known to not always mesh well with mattes, especially not extreme mattes like this one.

Other than that there is not that much to say about this one as it is a pure white.

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With primer on the right and wihtout on the left.

Blush

This palette contains only one blush which is a fairly neutral one. It makes sense when you  compare it to the rest of the palette since this will make it easy to include in a look without having to make backflips to have something that looks nice.

 

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Superunleaded

In the pan: This is a muted apricot shade which probably gives a very natural looking flush.

WOW!! This one is super pigmented!

Rarely do i feel that i need to be careful with these sort of shades and it is not as muted as it looks like in the pan when you apply this on your cheeks.

It is very similar to my H&M Pure radiance powder blusher in #Apricot only that Superunleaded seems to have a stronger orange undertone while #Apricot has more pink in it.

Anyway I am impressed by this one and I feel that it brings a nice warmth to my face without making me look ruddy as warm blushes has a tendency to do. It does avoid falling into the bronzer category aswell and I do think that this will suit a wide range of skin tones.

It is beautiful.

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The blush is sheered out on the right to give an impression of how it looks like as a blush. The sheered out part came out lighter than I wanted it to be and it looks less pigmented than it really is applied.

 

All in all

This is a great palette and I’d really wish it was permanent and/or possible to buy certain shades individually.

I know that there will be people who will find some of these shades too dry to work with and/or find the shades themselves hard to combine. But for my taste this palette is just perfect despite the shadows being a little bit powdery and some being a bit difficult to blend.

There’s not much with this palette I find worthy of criticism other than the things I’ve already mentioned in this review.

For me this has become one of my favourite palettes lately.

 

 

Montagne Jeunesse: Cool eyes Anti-Puffiness.

Picture 289.jpgGod there’s been a long time since I’ve used any product from Montagne Jeunesse. Which is wierd since I’ve been using and loving this brand since elementary school, in fact it was probably this brand that introduced me to skin care in the first place.

So I was very happy with taking this set of eye patches back with me home today. I have not tried this before as it seems to be a new offering, but I know that my under eye areas deserve some well needed love.

But how does this hold up?

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According to the brand this eye patch is supposed to help revitilise, firm and calm down swelling on the under eye area thanks to ingredients such as plant collagen, pumpkin and liquorice root. It will help against fine lines aswell.

The packaging contains two pairs of eye patches, something that makes this quite budget friendly.

The instructions for using this is also quite straight forward and easy to follow.

1. Put the packaging in the fridge for atleast an hour before use.

2. Remove one set of patches from pouch and apply one patch under each eye, pressing firmly into place

3. Leave it on for 30-50 minutes.

4. Pop the pouch back in the fridge for next time.

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The first thing I notice about these is that they are quite large, I’m not complaining about it since for me it makes sense that in order to treat the under eye area that a patch needs to be covering the surrounding area aswell.

Putting this on is a joy as it instantly feels cooling and refreshing, it also sticks to your skin making it possible to go on with you daily chores while it is working.

The gel of this eye pacth is mounted on a netted fabric. The reason for mentioning this is that when i removed this, the gel was mostly gone and I was left with a pattern on my under eye area that slowly dissappeared.

I had this on for 50 minutes and during the first minutes it keeps the cooling sensation but after 15 minutes it starts to “suck” inwards, if that’s the right way to explain it?, it’s a little bit wierd to be honest since it fels as if the eyepatches get’s “intense” with your skin and is actively starting to treat it.

Taking it off and inspecting my under eye areas what I see is that my shadows have calmed down and my skin feels much firmer and I look less tired.

But this is just my first time using this and I do feel that this is a product that needs to be used with a certain regularity in order to get the most out of it.

I am happy about this though as it is cheap and it works really well.

It will be bought again.

 

H&M: Spearmint and Echinacea peel-off mask.

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Yet again I find myself winding down after a long day with a face mask from H&M.

Just like the last one this is a peel-off mask, the difference lies in that this one is targeted towards blemish-prone skin. I thought this one would be good since I have been stressed lately and can see that it has given me some reddish bumps on my skin.

I feel I need to break down the ingredients list a little bit on this one. There are three ingredients on the front but little is said about them with the exeption of spearmint, which in a way does annoy me a little bit since it would make sense to explain why something is being included in a face mask.

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Spearmint is meant to refresh and rejuvenate skin while also be slightly anti bacterial.

Echinacea is commonly used on skin to help with swelling but also as an anti bacterial, especially helpful against acne.

Gentian root is anti septic and for skin it helps with bringing in glow but also to treat small inflammations.

Of course there are more ingredients than just these three, but you can say that these are the ones who advertise this face mask to a possible user and therefore needed a little bit of a breakdown.

My opinion after reading myself up a little bit, I am left with a feeling that this face mask not only helps with blemishes but also helps to keep them away. Especially considering that Echinacea is not uncommon in products that are supposed to help fight acne and that it also helps keep acne away since it fights the bacteria causing this.

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Opening this I am immediately hit by a lovely mint scent. It is not too sharp in my opinion and putting this on is a joy since it gives a nice cooling effect.

One thing I was a little bit worried about was if the spear mint in this might become a little bit too much and instead cause further aggravation. This is due to experiences with another product that contained spear mint that actually caused my skin to become red.

But this face mask was actually a very soothing experience and after 15 minutes it was time to remove this and I was very surprised at how soft and supple this left my skin. The areas that had started to get red had calmed down and even minutes after I could still feel the ingredients working on my skin.

I feel safe saying that this one is going to be re-purchased. sometime in the future.