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INFORMATION ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++
This sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays that don’t cause irritation and is suitable for all skin types. Formulated with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, it completely defends against daily free-radical damage. It’s hydrating and helps brighten your skin while improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Recommended to all skin types.
Free of ethanol, artificial colouring, artificial fragrance
Rovectin Aqua Soothing UV Protector seems to be an emollient-rich formula that contains a nice variety of additional skin-beneficial ingredients, mostly a blend of antioxidant and soothing ingredients, aslo performing as humectants to add to the moisturizing aspect of the formula.
Green Tea, Centella Asiatica, Houttuynia Cordata Extract – Antioxidant and soothing plant extracts Niacinamide – Antioxidant, brightens, minimizes pores and fine lines, anti-inflammatory, increases skin’s lipid production Adenosine – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory Tocopherol – Antioxidant Trehalose, Fructooligoshaccarides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Sunflower Seed Oil and its Unsaponifiables – moisturizing
Although this formula claims to be fragrance-free on Wishtrend’s website, there is definitely a notable scent in this sunscreen. My guess is it’s coming from ingredients like the Bitter Almond Kernel oil and Jasmine Flower Extract, both probably have fragrant components.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++
PACKAGING: Opaque white plastic tube with small spout, twist off cap.
CONSISTENCY: Light cream.
FRAGRANCE: Light, sweet scent.
APPLICATION: Glides on very easily with a light touch.
FINISH: Slightly glowy.
FEEL: Emollient and tacky.
STINGS EYES? No.
WHITECAST/TINTED? Yes, there is a whitecast.
WATER RESISTANT? No.
SKIN BENEFITS? I like that it doesn’t dry out my skin and feels fairly comfortable. My skin does look brighter when I use this, but it’s unfortunately paired with a noticable cast.
UNDER MAKEUP: Grips onto foundation, but I noticed when I used the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, the SPF made it look a bit cakey. With a thin layer (say if I were to layer sunscreens and use this as the last layer), a thin, light coverage foundation will look better, but you can still see some of the cast through it, so best to use this sunscreen as a thin layer under a medium to full coverage foundation.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++
Highest protection you can find in Asian sunscreens – SPF50+ PA++++
Feels comfortable with the required amount (2mg/cm2)
Does not dry out my skin
Does not look chalky
Base makeup won’t look good when I use the required amount (2mg/cm2)
Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing Protector is true to its claim (on the packaging) that this is a nice mineral sunscreen for drier skin types. However that’s where it stops for me, overall I didn’t really enjoy using this sunscreen and don’t like reaching for it unless I need it for my hands. The only time I liked this sunscreen was with a thin layer, under the required amount for me to achieve the SPF indicated on the label. Even then, I still looked a bit grey and casty even with a light coverage foundation over top. I prefer the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield because I can use the required amount and it looks good under my preferred makeup base.
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I seem to be on a Vitamin C kick, for I have another 2 products to review for you all! Avon Anew Vitamin C Brightening Eye Cream* and Illuminating Priming Moisturizer*. I’ve been rotating these products in my beauty routines for a bit and am ready to share my experience!
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INFORMATION ON AVON ANEW VITAMIN C EYE CREAM AND PRIMING MOISTURIZER
EYE CREAM: Visibly reduces the look of dark circles and leaves the under-eye area looking brighter and more even-toned. 88% of women showed improvement in under-eye clarity in 2 weeks.
PRIMING MOISTURIZER: Instantly illuminates, hydrates, blurs imperfections, smooths and enhances the staying power of makeup. 94% of women showed an improvement in skin’s overall appearance.
Vitamins C and B3 boost radiance
PACKAGING: All are packaged in opaque, plastic components. The eye cream is in an airless pump, the priming moisturizer in a tube.
Vitamin C – Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (ATIP), derivative of L-Ascorbic Acid. Penetrates the skin more easily because it’s oil-soluble, can be formulated at a higher pH, and in-vitro seems to do the 3 main things LAA can do – collagen boosting, skin brightening, antioxidant protection. However on INCIDecoder the main study showing ATIP benefits states that ATIP was formulated at a 7% concentration with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid, so it can’t be sure if the results of the study are from ATIP alone.
B3 – Niacinamide. One of my favourite ingredients, for it is able to regulate sebum production, brighten and even skin, help with pigmentation, reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, improves skin barrier by increasing its lipid production.
Citrus Extracts – Orange Peel, Bergamot Fruit, Lemon Peel, Tangerine Peel – I feel like they added these extracts due to the “vitamin C” theme of the products, but from what I have read, they don’t really do a lot for skin benefits. I’d rely more on the key ingredients doing the work.
Iron Oxides. Can help protect against visible light.
The main occlusive used are a variety of -cones, which in my experience is rather light for my dry skin type and not enough to retain moisture. Glycerin is listed as the 4th ingredient, a skin-identical humectant. ATIP is just above the midway point on the list, with Niacinamide and the Citrus Extracts following suit.
Light citrus-sweet fragrance.
There are reflective particles in the eye cream, most likely from the Mica in the ingredients list.
Feels nice under the eyes and made the skin feel smoother.
Did not find it moisturizing enough for my dry under eyes.
Glycerin is 2nd ingredient in the formula, a nice humectant that is also naturally found in our skin. Tocopheryl Acetate is also listed after Niacinamide, so we have some additional antioxidant protection. ATIP is mid-way through the list, below the Citrus Extracts.
Texture is like a moisturizer.
Feels lightweight on the skin.
It is quite reflective on my face, I don’t find is blurring and it emphasizes my enlarged pores.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON AVON ANEW VITAMIN C EYE CREAM AND PRIMING MOISTURIZER
Avon Anew’s Vitamin C Brightening Eye Cream and Illuminating Priming Moisturizer were okay in terms of performance, but overall a lackluster experience. I wish the percentage of ATIP was given so I would have more confidence that these products have the vitamin C benefits that they claim. I’d say most of the brightening work is coming from the Niacinamide rather than the vitamin C derivative. Overall both products performed nicely, they just don’t suit my skin’s needs.
As always, I hope reviews like these are helpful and informative.
When I found out IT Cosmetics launched a new complexion product, I immediately added it to my Sephora cart to try out. Back in 2018 I tried and adored their Your Skin But Better CC Cream, so I was super excited to see how their Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare performed!
Information on IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare claims
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare claims and ingredients
Experience an instantly better-looking complexion and better bare skin in two weeks! Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare features medium buildable coverage that instantly perfects skin—minimizing the look of pores and imperfections while delivering all-day hydration and wear with a natural radiant finish.
Suitable for all skin types and infused with skin-loving hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract, vitamins E & B5 and hepes acid, your skin-improving makeup works behind the scenes as you wear it. After just two weeks, skin looks smoother, skin tone appears more even and skin texture is visibly refined. IT’s truly your foundation for better skin!– Itcosmetics.ca
PRICE: $52 CAD SIZE: 30ml Made in: U.S.A Total # shades: 40, various undertones MY SHADE: Light Neutral 22 (picked it myself online) Undertone: Neutral leaning pink, not my undertone. I feel like the Warm version would’ve been better and possibly similar to the Estee Lauder swatch.
PACKAGE: Clear glass bottle with a pump TEXTURE: Thick fluid. It travels down my hand but not very fast.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare Ingredients
AQUA/WATER/EAU, DIMETHICONE, ISODODECANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, HEXYL LAURATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, TOCOPHEROL, SILICA, PANTHENOL, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, HYDROXYETHYL UREA, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TIN OXIDE, HYDRATED SILICA, METHICONE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, [+/-: CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES, MICA, CI 77007/ULTRAMARINES, CI 15985/YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 42090/BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 45410/RED 28 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 7]. D247442/1
Highlighted Ingredients: – Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera: Instantly hydrate and visibly smooth skin. – Hepes Acid: Gently exfoliates for a brighter-looking complexion. – Vitamins E and B5: Moisturize and fight free radicals to support skin‘s barrier.
Contains moisturizing ingredients such has various -cones (mostly for texture but nice as a type of occlusive in skincare in general), Glycerin (5th ingredient), Panthenol (vitamin B5), Hydroxyethyl Urea, Aloe Leaf Juice Powder, and Sodium Hyaluronate.
Antioxidant Tocopherol (vitamin E) and Iron Oxides are also in the formula to help protect against visible light.
Now let’s look at this HEPES Acid, a.k.a. hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid. Skinceuticals describes its function as a “synthetically-derived acid [that] activates natural enzymes in skin to help break the bonds that bind dead skin cells to the surface for even exfoliation.” INCIDecoder and Paula’s Choice lists this ingredient as a buffering agent. The Derm Review also shares that HEPES Acid is pH neutral and commonly combined with Glycolic Acid as a buffering agent. Browsing the interwebs further, Skinceuticals actually formulated their Discoloration Defense serum with 5% HEPES Acid, and Vichy’s Idealia Peeling also has the same concentration, both exfoliating products are however formulated with other acids. Overall as a consumer I’m quite confused. For me personally, I don’t use exfoliating products in my skincare daily in general, and I don’t really want that feature in a potential daily wear foundation either.
Experience with IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
Overall Activities: Sitting on couch working, working out, walking outside, wearing a mask for 2 minutes. Wore it to the mall with wearing mask for a few hours.
1st Attempt: 1st layer Split-face application with Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush and Beauty Blender. I dotted the foundation on various parts of my face and neck, brush-side had some minor streaking. 2nd layer I used the sponge all over face and neck, still using the dotting technique. Used about 2 pumps total. Looked very cakey, dry patches all over, radiant finish, medium coverage, pores looked more textured. I decided to wash my face and start over. 2nd Attempt: Decided to just apply 1 layer with the Beauty Blender. Instead of dotting all over, I dotted in one area and only applied more when I needed it. I used 1.5 pumps all over my face and neck with this method and it was the best one.
Coverage/Buildable?: 1 thin layer is a light coverage. 2 layers it is a low medium coverage.
Finish: Radiant, not borderline oily. Seems to be the particles in the foundation that disperse light more nicely. 1 layer skin looks smooth, pores look blurred despite radiant finish. Noticed some dry patches but it is forgiving, I don’t see them unless I look really up close. 2nd layer of foundation skin looked cakey, the radiance was a bit extra, sitting into pores, more dry patches, pink undertone was more obvious, wasn’t flattering at all on my skin.
Feel: Light, slightly tacky. Skin started to feel dry every time within 2 hours of wearing the foundation. Sometimes I felt itchy.
Flash Friendly? Yes. My face is lighter than my body (and ears) so I don’t consider this flashback, just a mix of my lighter-skinned face and a wrong shade match.
Oxidize? No, however with 2 layers I notice the pink undertone more.
Oil Controlling? I don’t get super oily until end of day, I found my oils did peak through around that time.
Long Lasting? After work outs, low activities or just chilling all day, I found most of the coverage still lasted after 8-10 hours. I didn’t notice anything significantly disappear unless I wore a mask in which it rubbed off my nose and chin.
End of Day: 1st layer skin always looked like skin from either far away or up close, coverage was still there, some of my natural oils came through.
Natural Light: Looks like my skin but better with 1 layer. 2nd layer looks terrible.
False Light: Looks fine most of the day with 1 layer. End of day I find I notice my skin texture in general but it’s not grossly emphasized with the foundation. When I tested with the 2nd layer I saw texture on my forehead and pore area from a distance near end of day.
OTHER WAYS I’VE WORN THIS FOUNDATION:
With powder (over 1 layer) – Emphasized dryness in the center of my face, made my skin look more dehydrated, nasolabial folds looked more prominent. I did a split-face with my Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC20) and my Mac side looked moisturized, no dry patches, and skin still looked plump and moisturized.
Cream and powder cheek products – Both work fine.
Final Thoughts on the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
DID IT MEET THE CLAIMS?
Better bare skin in two weeks – With the handful of times I wore this foundation, my skin felt dehydrated every time I wore it and I actually feel like this broke me out.
Medium buildable coverage – More like light to medium buildable coverage.
Minimizing the look of pores and imperfections – Yes. Skin looked smoother and I like how my pores looked most of the time with 1 layer.
All-day hydration – Nope, opposite actually! (Refer to first claim)
Natural radiant finish – Yes, I noticed the particles and felt like light was reflecting off my skin differently. Looked too much when I layered though.
Suitable for all skin types – Meh, I guess, it’s just up to you how you want to work with it/can work with it.
After just two weeks, skin looks smoother, skin tone appears more even and skin texture is visibly refined – Did not wear this foundation long enough to see, but I have my skincare routine to do this stuff. I never rely on foundations for skincare benefits other than maybe not drying out my skin, and potentially protecting against visible light. I actually noticed my skin broke out every time I wore this foundation, quite a bit on my cheeks.
Quick and easy to apply all over face and neck with a brush or sponge.
Radiant finish doesn’t look borderline greasy.
Improves the look of my skin texture, makes skin look smoother.
Pores look blurred despite radiant finish.
1 layer looks the most skin-like and not cakey once I finished my makeup routine.
1 layer it looks really good up close as I wear it throughout the day.
1 layer dry patches are not exaggerated.
Cannot build the coverage without the foundation looking horrible on me. 2 layers don’t work for me because it increases how cakey my face looks, the dry patches, and gathers near my nasolabial folds.
Can’t use powder to subdue shine without it making my skin have more dry patches and look dehydrated.
On its own, 2 layers makes my skin look dehydrated.
Feels drying within 2 hours with both 1 and 2 layers.
I don’t like exfoliating ingredients in my foundations, it just invites more skin problems than improvements in the long run.
MY BEST FACE: 1 thin layer applied with the beauty blender, no powder (other than cheek product).
Overall, the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare is a pass for me. I was hoping this could be a potential go-to for an effortless, medium coverage, natural, long-lasting, pore blurring foundation. Alas, I just don’t like my skin feeling tight and dry throughout the day, and building coverage does not work for me. If you’re not prone to dry patches, do not get easily sensitized to drying products, like radiant finishes but want a skin-perfecting quality, you may actually like this foundation! It overall has a good shade range with a variety of undertones and has good coverage, so it may work for you more than it did for me!
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In the last year or so, I’ve become more into haircare due to what seemed to be like never-ending scalp issues, dry hair, and just a general plateau in my scalp and hair’s health. Now that all my bleached ends have been cut and I have my virgin hair back, I’ve managed to normalize my scalp health and keep my hair shafts pretty healthy, but they do seem more prone to dryness – I’d think it is due to my scalp’s health at the time, my age, and environmental stressors. I have been using Avon’s Elastine PropoliThera haircare* for the past few weeks and am ready to share my experience in what it’s done for my hair. Spoiler: I’m impressed!
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INFORMATION ON AVON ELASTINE PROPOLITHERA HAIRCARE
SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER: Catch the buzz. Beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat) combine with vitamins and amino acids to form this rejuvenating shampoo/conditioner. Treat your tresses to our soothing formula, which will repair damaged hair while giving it a smooth and manageable appearance. Benefits: Repairs damaged hair, Smooths & softens hair
HAIR MASK: Catch the buzz. Treat your tresses to our rejuvenating hair mask, made with beeswax, honey and royal jelly (what bees eat). This nutrient-enriched formula will help deeply nourish your hair and repair damaged split-ends. Benefits: Infused with nutrients and antioxidants that help provide deep nutrition and protection from heat and damage
Our Elastine PropoliThera is formulated to add new life to your hair. Free of sulfates and parabens, it infuses every strand with healthy-looking body and shine.
Suitable for all hair types, color-treated hair, permed hair or chemically-treated hair
Made in Korea
PACKAGING: All are packaged in plastic components, the shampoo and hair mask are opaque orange. Shampoo and conditioner are pump bottles, the hair mask is a large jar with a twist-off lid.
Propolis (tree sap plus beeswax) – Contains minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants to help restore weak and brittle hair.
Honey (made by bees from the nectar of flowers) – Helps restore moisture.
Royal jelly (the food of bees) – Helps lock in shine and restore hair’s natural luster.
These three key ingredients all share the same primary function, acting as a moisturizing ingredient to prevent hair from becoming dry and brittle. Although they are quite high in the ingredient list, I’m quite pleased with the overall formulation of each product for I can see how they help add and retain moisture. Another thing I noticed is Fragrance being high on the list, and I definitely smelled it! It’s quite sweet but I personally like it and really enjoyed using the shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask each time. It also lingered for a while as well.
The Elastine PropoliThera Damage Repair Shampoo contains gentle surfactants that cleanse the scalp and hair root without stripping them of moisture. It also has Dimethicone to help close the cuticles at the top of the head. It’s interesting to see Iron Oxides on the list as well, I’m wondering if they happen to stay on our scalp and hair root after washing to protect the crown area against visible light, or maybe I’m over-analyzing and it’s purely used for adding colour to the shampoo. Either way, it’s a nice-to-have in my books! Moisturized and protected scalp and root definitely help pave the way for healthy-looking hair shaft.
The Elastine PropoliThera Damage Repair Conditioner is also formulated with Dimethicone, but in this use case it’ll help close the cuticles at the mid-shaft to ends. The conditioner also contains some nice emollients such as Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, and Tocopherol.
With both shampoo and conditioner, I’m quite impressed with the list of ingredients that are beneficial to my hair health!
Did not need to use a lot of the shampoo to sufficiently massage onto my entire scalp
Shampoo lathered nicely
Used a typical amount of conditioner I needed to coat the mid-shaft to ends
Hair felt very soft from scalp to ends
I never experienced buildup from the Dimethicone because I always used a clarifying shampoo on the following wash
AVON ELASTINE PROPOLITHERA HAIR MASK
AMOUNT: 10.1 fl. oz PRICE: $24 CAD / $18 USD WHERE TO BUY: Avon.ca
The Elastine PropoliThera Damage Repair Hair Mask has a pretty awesome whopper of great ingredients, and I really wasn’t expecting there to be that much!
Alongside the key ingredients mentioned prior, there are more than a handful of additional moisturizing ingredients high on the list such as Glycerin, Shea Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Collagen, and Panthenol.
I was most excited to see Amodimethicone in this hair mask as well, an ingredient I recently learned about from Lab Muffin. In short, it is a silicone with amino-acid groups that selectively attaches to damaged hair more strongly, moisturizes the hair and leaves a protective film, without buildup!
Left it in my hair for 20 minutes – 2 hours prior to washing
Bleached ends felt noticeably softer – I have never experienced a hair mask making a difference before!
Now that I have a full head of virgin hair, I still notice my ends feeling extra soft after using the Hair Mask
FINAL THOUGHTS ON AVON ELASTINE PROPOLITHERA HAIRCARE
Based on ingredients and performance, I am really impressed by Avon’s Elastine PropoliThera Damage Repair haircare! I have never tried haircare products from Avon before, but I’m really glad this was my first experience. Every time I used these products, my hair felt soft, looked shiny, and didn’t feel weighed down. I enjoyed the fragrance in these products and rarely had headaches after using them. Overall using Avon’s Elastine PropoliThera haircare a pleasant experience and I do feel like they have contributed to my scalp and hair’s overall health.
As always, I hope reviews like these are helpful and informative.