OZ Naturals: Super Youth Retinol Moisturizer Review

OZ Natural was kind enough to send me a sample of their Super Youth Retinol Moisturizer.



Here’s some background on the company!

Co-Founder and Certified Esthetician, Angela Irish launched OZ Naturals as a company that embodies everything she’s passionate about — healthy skin, anti-aging, natural ingredients, and utilizing the latest technology to formulate the highest quality skin care products on the market.

Utilizing her personal experience of skin issues, that she understands that when your skin is unhealthy it can negatively affect your self-esteem. After try tons of products over the years she was always left with the same skin issues as before.

Sometimes even worse than before. Angela knows how disheartening this can be, especially when so many skin care products make huge claims, and simply do not deliver. It’s especially frustrating when the cost of those products are hardly affordable, and you realize once again that you’ve wasted your money.

While it’s true that beautiful skin is also hereditary, healthy skin comes from taking care of the inside and outside of our bodies. However, finding the right products for your skin can be the toughest part of the equation. This is why OZ Naturals was founded, to create healthy, premium skin care products to help those who weren’t naturally born with perfect skin, to obtain more perfect skin. The kind of skin that everyone deserves to have.

The moisturizer claims to do the following:

  • Clinical Strength in Anti-wrinkles
  • Anti-aging
  • Nourish skin
  • Paraben-free
  • Free from “Harmful” Alcohol
  • Cruelty-free
  • For all skin types

 

It’s a pretty balanced consistency between liquid and cream.


The Verdict

I’m only in my mid-twenties so I’m not at the stage where I need to worry about fine lines and wrinkles.  I’m still at the preventive stage where I’m trying to prevent any damage and wrinkles.  Thus, my review isn’t entirely a good review.  This product is probably geared towards more middle aged women.

However, for the moisturizing aspect of it, I would give it a solid 4/5.

Be careful when you use any product that has Retinol  because you need to have good sunscreen protection if you are using it during the day.  If you use any product with Retinol, it can cause more harm to your skin because your skin is actually more vulnerable.

I’ve only used this at night after cleaning my face.

I don’t get any irritation or break outs from this product either.

I would recommend that you take the time to check out the list of ingredients and other reviews before making a commitment to use this product.  I do feel that it’s a really good moisturizer though.

FTC:  This product was sent to me via Brandbacker for my review.  All reviews are my own honest opinion.

Valentia: Royal Rose Hydrating Serum

Valentia was kind enough to send me another item to review!  Last time I reviewed the eye serum and hydration mask, which you can view here if you haven’t yet.  I still highly recommend the eye cream!  It works like magic!

According to Valentia, the Royal Rose Hydrating Serum is “a lightweight serum that boosts moisture and resilience while soothing and calming the skin.”

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Stock photo from Amazon

It claims to do the following:
– Deeply moisturize skin
– Provide antioxidant protection
– Soothe & nourish dry skin
– Smooth skin tone & texture
– Boost skin radiance

You can buy it on Amazon for $35.00.  I really like the smell.  It smells just like roses.  The texture is creamy and very hydrating as it claims.  I didn’t break out from the product but it did make my face kind of itchy.  I know it’s the product because this is the only product I’m using.  I really wanted to like it because it smelled really nice but unfortunately my skin had a mild irritation.

Disclaimer: The product was sent to me for free in exchange for my honest review and opinion. I was not paid to write this review. All statements above are my own.

 

February Ipsy Bag.

  

Hello! I’ve been receiving my Ipsy before the mid of the month and sometimes a by earlier.  I really like that the shipping has been pretty consistent.  When I saw the preview for the bag, it seemed kind of boring. Another nail polish, face exfoliator/scrub, and lip product.  It seemed a bit repetitive.  However, I definitely changed my mind when I received the bag and tried the products out.
Trust Fund – I’m Kind of a Big Deal (5/5)

 

It’s a beautiful rose pink.


I really love this nail polish color.  The brush picks up a bit too much product so I have to wipe it off a bit on the insides of the bottle.  It’s pretty thick too, so if you get a good amount on the brush, you’ll only need one coat.  I used only one coat on all the nails except the thumbnail which took two coats.  It’s a great color for spring!
Naked Cosmetics – Sierra Nevada 

 To be honest, I haven’t tested this out because I haven’t used a loose powder eyeshadow before so I don’t know how to apply use it.  It’s a very shimmery dark brown color.  It’s also too shimmery for my taste.
Best Face Forever – Exfoliating Daily Facewash (4/5) 

This exfoliating face wash is supposed to be a more natural product: free from paraben, dyes, and sulfate.  It says it has peppermint, grapefruit oil, and aloe vera. It feels almost like sand when I apply it to my face.  It smells like peppermint and feels a bit minty on the face.  It’s a bit rough but it leaves my skin feeling really soft and not tight.  It’s also not drying either.  I really like this scrub but I took off one star for being so rough.  For people with sensitive skin, it could be too rough.
Vintage Sparkling Lipgloss – Pink Sequin (5/5)  
I really like this lipgloss. It’s a shimmery pink.  It’s not too sticky like some lipgloss.  It gives a nice pink tint on natural lips.  I do have a bad habit of licking my lips a lot and eating my lipsticks so these didn’t last too long but they are easy to apply and retouch!


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil

  

I’ve also haven’t tried this out but it’s actually the one item I’m really excited about.  I just haven’t got a chance to try it.  I will definitely update once I do!  

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Valentia: True Glow Eye Cream & Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask

Hi everyone!  I was lucky enough to receive samples from Valentia through BrandBacker.  I received two items to try out: the True Glow Eye Cream and Ultra Plump Hydrating Mask.

Here’s a little background on the company, itself.

The Roman Goddess of healing, Valentia, relied on nature’s gifts to heal the citizens of Umbria. Whether matriarchs seeking to maintain their youthful look or farmers seeking help for sun damaged skin, Valentia used berries, herbs, barks and other natural ingredients. We also rely on all natural ingredients due to their protective, preventative and corrective powers.

Just like our namesake, Valentia Skin Care products have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin.

After performing extensive research into what skin care customers find most important, we found an overwhelming demand for skin care that is natural, free of toxins and paraben-free. Natural ingredients with an organic base have proven most effective at repairing skin damaged by sun or wind, preventing signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, and reversing the effects of oxidative stress on the skin.

The great thing about their products is that they use natural ingredients and its paraben-free so I was really excited to try these products out.  Recently, I’ve been wearing some mascara and BB cream for a more natural every day look without using too many products.  At the end of the day when it’s time to wash it all off, I started noticing that my bags would look a bit darker and puffier, probably because I don’t have a proper cleansing routine.

I received the samples from Amazon and it came the next day!

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Character Face Mask – Fox

 

The Face Shop’s Character Face Mask in Fox.


Hi everyone! I found this while browsing The Face Shop over the weekend and thought it was so cute! I must try! 

  The mask is said to be moisturizing for dry and flaky skin which is perfect for the dry winter skin.  I saw my friend’s Instagram with the pig one.  It’s pretty funny.

 The instructions said to clean and tone your face first before using which is what most facial masks will tell you.

Am i a fox yet?!

Isn’t it funny?! I think I make a pretty good fox! Lol just kidding.  It’s very moisturizing and there’s so much serum that there’s a bit left in the bag when you pull it out.  It only comes with one mask and costs $4 USD.    It smells pretty nice too.  Reminds me of a flowers.  It’s smaller than the Sephora masks.  Width wise it fits my small face pretty well but it’s a bit long.  Overall, it’s a pretty good fit and it’s feels very nice and moisturizing even after I take it off!

IMATS 2016 Haul.

Today was the last day for the IMATS convention! I heard a lot of great things about the convention and decided to take my sister.  I actually wanted to go on Saturday but the tickets were sold out when I went to check the tickets online at the beginning of the month.  It was pretty last minute sadly.

 

Most of the items I bought and some free samples.

 
The IMATS convention was at Pasadena Convention Center for three days starting since Friday for PRO card holders.  For general admission, the first day started yesterday and ended today.  The admission ticket was $60.  I think Pro Card Holders tickets were only $40? It was a very big discount.  

 

The wristband after getting through the entrance line!

 
Our first stop was at April Love’s booth.  They had one of those spinning wheel for free stuff.  I won a $500 voucher to take the class.  The representative said the total cost would be $2500 for the makeup academy.  I don’t plan on being a professional makeup artist so this voucher was a waste on me. My sister on the other hand got the lash glue. 

I was hoping to get an eyelash curler or something else sadly.  If anyone wants the voucher, feel free to let me know.

I also stopped by Velour to check out their lashes.  I ended up getting the popular Whispies based on their recommendation for someone whose never worn lashes before.  I love them! They also helped customers who purchase something to apply them.

   

Velour Lashes in Whispie Me Away

 

Top View with the lashes on.

  

The lashes were evenly on but you can see one side pretty good. ^_^”

I also got an aloe cream from Hawaiian Moon.  It was $43 after tax.  The lady said she would give me a good deal and included 3 small sample size jars that I gave to my mom.  It’s not sticky at all and feels very moisturizing.  

 
Next, I picked up the Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in the color Cailyn.  It’s kind of a nude color when it dries matte on your lips.  But it’s very pigmented and it’s super long lasting.  Water and soap are not going to take it off.  You’re going to need makeup remover to really get it off. It will make your lips dry so best to properly prepare your lips. It was the second to last one in that color.  They were selling it for $15 or 5 for $50.  But I didn’t want to spend so much on lippies.

Then we finally got to the Sigma booth.  I got the makeup brush cleaning mat and a brush case for my mom.  Each one was about $25.  They gave us two free brushes and a sample of a liquid lipstick for the purchase.  The brushes were the E70 angled shading brush and a kabuki brush but I gave the kabuki one to my mom also.

   

  

Sigma E70

I bought two other brushes but not from Sigma, a lash one and bent eyeliner.

  
And that’s it! That’s everything I got from the convention!

  

January Ipsy Bag.

 
The holidays are over sadly.. But it’s a new year! As always I keep telling myself I’ll work out after the New Years but I haven’t gotten myself to do that yet.  The typical New Year’s resolution that never comes true, we all know too well.
I’m really excited about this bag because as I keep reviewing and changing my personality quiz around, it’s getting better and better!

  
This month’s Ipsy bag is all about eyes! The cute bag is very durable and has an artsy design of a colorful girl wearing sunglasses.  


Trestique Mini Matte Lip Crayon: Florence Fig (5/5)

  

I really like the color they gave me for this one. It’s a more natural color, kind of brownish pink.  I’ve gotten this lip crayon before and it’s always a great find.  It’s super pigmented and goes on creamy.  It will leave a bit of a pink stain after it rubs off.  Similar to other one that I’ve tried, they won’t last all day but probably a good 4 hours through light eating.  I don’t think this formula could last through many meals.

OFRA Eyebrow Pencil: Universal (3/5)

It’s an okay pencil. I prefer a bit more of a creamy texture.  The texture of this pencil is exactly as it looks, pencil like.  It does have good pigmentation and is a very brown color.  Some eyebrow pencils that come in brown are not that dark but this one could be a dark brown if you apply it a few times.  I prefer Asian brands of eyebrow pencils though.  It’s more tailored to my skin tone.

Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencil: Jac (5/5)

I absolutely love this pencil.  It’s creamy and super pigmented.  It has a bit of a glittery sparkle to it.  The color Jac is a dark bronze color.  The lasting power on this is awesome!  Pair this with the Formula X nail polish I got in the last bag, would’ve made a great Party look.  I think this would look great if used as an eyeshadow and blended out also. Many ways to use this.

City Color Eyeshadow Trio: Falling Leaves (4/5)

  

It comes in three colors, hence Trio.  The top color is a glittery bronze/copper color.  The left bottom is more of a peachy shimmer.  And the right third is a matte mauvish color. It’s really easy to apply and doesn’t come off chalky.  It’s also very pigmented.  However, the only Con I found was that it washes off really easily when I swatched it on my hand.  With just water, it came right off so I don’t know how it would last on a hot day during summer.  I do love the colors though.  It’s perfect for fall and winter.  It’s also more of natural shades so it can be used for everyday looks.

Promise Organic Ultra Moisturizing Argan Creme Facial Lotion with Olive Oil (4/5)

Between a cream and liquid consistency, it’s a bit closer to liquid but not so watery that it drips.  For something organic, it smells pretty good.  It smells like the usual Argan oil smell.  It’s very moisturizing.
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Products I found in 2015 you have to try! 

I found this really helpful! Especially the setting spray. I’ve been trying to find a inexpensive one.

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Better late then never! I was actually putting this post off because I knew I would repeat a lot of products already mentioned on my blog but these products are worth it and deserve all the praise I give them. So here we are, my favourite products of 2015 …..


EYES/BROWS/MASCARA

L’oreal Lash Sensational– My most repurchased, most used and, most favourite mascara! This gives you long, separated lashes that don’t flake away! I do enjoy how the water proof version makes my lashes look but it’s impossible to remove without an oil based makeup remover.

Too faced Natural Matte Palette – This is my perfect palette because all the shades are matte and look good dusted in the crease (except the white) which is all I do most days. It also has a good variety of shades to give lots of options for eye looks.

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Ipsy December Glam Bag.

 

Bag received December 15.


I received my bag really early this month! And I’m pretty interested in this bag.

The Power of Love in Nudie Red.  It’s a pinkish nude.  I really like the color but it smells like a crayon and kind of feels like a crayon too.  It doesn’t apply creamy but surprisingly the color is very pigmented and doesn’t look chalky. (3/5) The smell is a big turnoff but for the amount of lipstick they gave for a sample, I gave back some points.

Power of Love in Nudie Red.

Formula X in Revved Up is a really great color for the holidays.  It’s a gold shimmer color.  Just in time for New Years Parties!  I’ve heard great reviews about Formula X but the full price at Sephora is a bit on the expensive side so I’ve never tried it.  But now I have the chance! Thanks Ipsy! (5/5) It’s lasted very well so far but it’s only been one day.

 

Formula X in Revved Up.

  
 

Befine’s Exfoliating Mask feels very rough since it’s a brown sugar scrub.  It’s claims to be paraben free so that’s good!  I feel like it does work well, just really rough.  (4/5)

Clarke’s Botanicals can be used two ways, either as a mask or a moisturizer.  To use it as a mask, you apply a generous amount and leave it on for 15-20 minutes then rinse.  To use it as a moisturizer, you just apply it normally but sparingly.  As a moisturizer, it works pretty well.  Makes your skin feel soft and hydrated after those winter showers.  The smell reminds me of baby lotion but a bit more herb like. It’s not a bad smell to me though.  It’s creamy texture but very liquid-like.  Compared to my Ahava moisturizer, it’s not as thick.  I prefer Ahava for very dry skin compared to this and the full size for this costs about $60-$70 depending you get it from Amazon or Sephora. Ahava’s moisturizer is around $40.  It didn’t seem to keep my face moisturizer the next morning.  I had dry patches around my mouth this morning.  The Ahava one keeps me moisturizer much longer than just one winter night. (2/5) For such a high end product, it wasn’t very long lasting.

 

Clark’s Botanical Moisture Mask

 
The last item is the Concealer Brush by Beau Gâchis Paris.  It feels really nice and the bristles don’t fall off from just brushing it back and forth.  I think it’s also a pretty good size. (5/5) No complaints.

And the bag itself is really cute this month.  I like the pattern and the nice red color! Perfect timing for Christmas and a classy New Year!

The Ipsy card that came in the bag.

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence.

 This Japanese sunscreen is probably the only sunscreen that I have ever been happy to use!  It’s one of those sunscreens that will dry matte on your face and will feel like there’s nothing there.  It leaves your skin feeling soft, almost like if there’s a soft powder.  It has a slight scent but nothing fruity and doesn’t smell like American sunscreen.  At first when it comes out of the bottle, it’s a bit watery hence the “watery essence” name which makes it easy to apply.  It’s a bit moisturizing but not enough for you to skip your usual moisturizer.  
 It was about $8 on Amazon.  It took a while to receive.  The estimated shipping date was about a month but I got it about a week and half sooner. The only con I can find with this is that it such a small size.  I wish there was a larger size.  I’m going to have to stock up!  That’s how much I love this.  Highly recommend!