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Two bottles of CK Beauty: This is my go-to perfume for every day. CK is as mainstream as it gets, but I love this Jasmine fragrance.

Jasmine is one of my favorite scented flowers. It makes me nostalgic and reminds me of my Grandmother’s garden,  all the sumptuous afternoon snacks,  the twilight conversations and marathon play times we had there. It reminds me of an innocent and long last time. I wish I can find a better made, nuanced Jasmine scent. But, I keep coming back to this one as it lasts longer on me (in terms of sillage and longevity).

I have a few other expensive bottles of perfume. Despite that, this is the one that everyone, including random strangers (people on subways, Uber drivers) compliment me on. Maybe it works better with my skin. Another bonus is that CK Beauty works wonderfully well in the office setting.

Kiehl’s  ULTRA Facial Cream: This was a part of a Kiehl’s value pack / kit I bought last year. I won’t be running back to buy this any time soon. It is a simple moisturizer. Also, the one I got is the non-SPF version. Frankly, there is nothing here to write home about. I can definitely find cheaper moisturizers to take its place.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: Again, this was a part of the value pack from last year (I was testing out Kiehl’s products). This eye cream is very thick and moisturizing. But, that’s it. It really doesn’t do much for my eye area. It doesn’t help with dark circles (what cream does??). It is not bad option if your main eye-area problem is dryness. Dryness is definitely not one of my problem areas. So, I will not be repurchasing this one when I run out of this one.

Neutrogena SPF: This was something I bought at a random drugstore when we were in Sedona for hiking. It does the job well, without leaving much of a white cast on my skin tone. I am so happy that it is over now. I have been wanting to buy Elta MD SPF 46.




Retinol Reform by Shani Darden: I bought this after all the beauty websites  raved about how this Retinol cream was the best gateway product to build up to the real stuff. To be frank, I used it sporadically and cannot really be sure if it worked or not. It has a slight medicinal / coffee smell to it. Nothing pungent there. I am considering buying another bottle. But for $100, it seems a like a serious investment.



Things I returned:


Kate Somerville EradiKate™ Mask Foam-Activated Acne Treatment: Of all the products I tried last year, I think this was the biggest disappointments.I bought it during a phase when my skin was breaking out a lot. After trying this, I can definitely say that I am NOT getting on the Eradikate bandwagon. It did not do anything for me. I returned it at Sephora after 4 uses. Should I have used for longer before deciding? Maybe. I just went with my gut. I did not see it working for me.




Too Cool For School Egg-ssential Skincare Set: This was an impulse buy from Sephora (it is no longer available). I really did not care for the mousse soap or the cream. The cream feels exactly like Kiehl’s body cream, just a little lighter. But, I really liked the pore brush and haven’t tried the mask yet. So, I kept those two things and returned the soap and cream. In all honesty, I don’t think I gave the soap and cream a good chance. Maybe, next time.

Total products tested: 8

Products Loved: 1 (CK Beauty EDP) 

Products Liked / on the fence: 1 (Retinol Reform)



6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Pret a Porter P #

    After buying expensive snake oils from Sephora with little to no effect, I found better solutions at the drug store or through a professional (immediate result). Depending on your insurance, a prescription retinol may cost you A LOT less.
    I use the Neutrogena clear face in SPF 30 its matte and it doesn’t leave a white cast.


    February 26, 2017
    • SA. #

      Thank you for suggesting that! I guess I should just see a board certified dermatologist. My insurance should mostly cover it


      February 26, 2017
  2. +1 on starting prescription retin a


    February 27, 2017
    • SA. #

      Yes, I am happy that I wrote this post. Now instead of buying another bottle of over prized Retinol, I will go to the doctors for the real stuff, per everyone’s recommendation. Thank you!!


      February 27, 2017
  3. I am having all sorts of issues with my skin lately liek breakouts and dryness and I’ve lost confidence in any product out there. But I think a perfume might make me feel better. Bright floral scents are very appealing right now.


    February 27, 2017
    • SA. #

      Oh Lori! I had a similar phase last year. I had the worst skin of my life. I am on the mend now. I am starting to realize it is a process. I am yet to find a holy grail product. Does something like that even exist? Perfumes do make me feel better for sure.


      February 27, 2017

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