Product Review Category: Moisturizers

King of Sin


You’re about to fall in love with your hotel shower. (Ryan Reynolds not included, sorry.) Picture this: All natural solid cocoa and shea butter bar- fresh avocado, banana and oatmeal. Rub it all over under hot water, and then…. the moisture stays on your skin!

Hooray for Brallywood Butta Luxe Intensive Facial Crème (Pristine Beauty)

Truly, it should cost double the price (it’s $38.) Contains powerhouse anti-aging ingredients, high concentrations of YUCCA (known to help scarring), Vitamins A, C, D, E, Lecithin and Inulin. Smells delish, known to help fade the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars, melasma, and skin discoloration. Soaks in beautifully – it’s emollient, but not heavy. I’m lovin’ it.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

This drugstore-brand tinted moisturizer fully competes with Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, but has more SPF (Mercier has SPF 20). It’s cheaper, has natural coverage, evens tone and has light-reflecting minerals. It is thicker than other tinted moisturizers, but I don’t mind this. I use the “light” shade and the color blends really nicely. I used to get compliments on my skin when I was wearing my favorite foundation (that’s another post), but I also get raves with this, and it’s not even foundation! I have never broken out from it.

Starting Over Facial Moisturizer (Origins)

I cycle through my moisturizers, and this makes the cut for my day rotation. It’s a lovely moisturizer and goes on great under makeup. I could list all the bad crap it does not have in it as bragging points, or you can research it yourselves. I just like the hell out of it.

Gorgeous (Lush)

Lush also has an extravagant moisturizer called “Gorgeous” – which was quite nice and smelled heavenly. Twice the price of Shangri La

Medicine Mama’s Sweet Bee Magic

I feel the same way about Medicine Mama’s as I do about Egyptian Magic. (See my Egyptian Magic review here). Mama’s is about $10 cheaper and has a verrrry minor smell to it (not bad, just there.) It’s also organic.

Egyptian Magic

This amazing cream can be slathered anywhere and everywhere, and has only six all-natural ingredients: Honey, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis. No additives, preservatives, fragrances, chemicals or parabens. Don’t just goop it on. Rub it between your hands for a sec first, then shmear. Heals scars, stretch marks, and great for moisturizing practically every inch of your body.

Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (Clinique)

I wish I could bathe in Moisture Surge from Clinique. A pledge to all of my dry-skinned sisters out there- you will not find a better product out there for this price to soothe and moisturize parched skin. Shall we all have our significant others draw the bath and dive in?? 😉

Skin’s Shangri La

Lush’s Skin’s Shangri La is one of those head scratchers. It’s SUPER rich, but sinks right in. Really soothing, but feels very active. The combination of rich essential oils and antioxidants cleared up any adult acne issues I had (what’s up with THAT, anyway?) while giving my skin a glowing clarity it hasn’t had in years. Trust me, this is one of the best anti-anging moisturizers out there, and and competitively priced. One piece of advice: gift this to a good friend: she will never thanking you 😉

Full of Grace

I discovered this very strange, very effective, all natural solid serum while on a 6 hour flight from NYC to Vancouver. My skin was so dry it was borderline painful. I searched and searched in my (STUFFED) carry-on and finally found this anti-oxidant packed little oval from Lush called Full of Grace. Desperate, I rubbed it all over my face (including lips) and by the time the in-flight movie was over (something with Adam Sandler in a dramatic turn… yikes) my face was dewy, supple, and happy. I now use it on dry patches or in the winter under my moisturizer religiously. TIp- keep it somewhere dry and cool, and in a case, or it will melt all over everything- not cute.