I can't believe I am writing this post right now, it's too surreal. Can you believe Amazon wanted to work with me? Neither can I.
I was sent a selection of products from Amazon's new Indie Beauty store and they are all SO good. I'll get into the reviews down below, but if you're interested in purchasing anything, you can head to this link right here: https://amzn.to/2OXciam (full disclosure, I will earn a small commission if you choose to purchase anything through this link). The online shop is so cute and really user-friendly. It's home to some of my favorite brands (including Red Earth and Sand & Sky!), and is a great place to find products you wouldn't be able to get your hands on just browsing through Sephora.
Supporting indie brands is a cause that I hold close to my heart. I love that Amazon is taking a step towards bringing smaller beauty brands into the spotlight. I can't wait to check these brands out and order from the Amazon Indie Beauty store in the future!
Let's jump into the reviews! Here are some quick thoughts on the products I was given. I've only had them for a couple weeks, so these are mini-reviews, but I think you'll be able to get a good idea of what my first-impressions are!
First up is the Kálos Triple Threat Detox Masque. This is probably my favorite product out of everything that I received. The ingredients are almost entirely natural and organic, which is really cool to see in a brand. I think it really shows in the way the product behaves. Even just the first time I used it, I couldn't believe my results. My skin was more even, it was brighter, and my pores looked smaller.
Like I've said in many of my other posts, I have very sensitive skin. So when I first applied this mask and it began to tingle, I got a little worried. However, wiping the mask off after 25 minutes revealed absolutely no irritation, just the prettiest skin I've seen in months. I followed this mask up with the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask and the two paired very well together.
Overall, I might be reaching for this product more than my regular detox masks. I love that I got a new favorite product out of this experience!
Next up is the No B.S. Vitamin C+E Serum. This product definitely has great ingredients, but I am still on the fence about it. I love every single ingredient in this formula (seriously, look it up, it's amazing how high quality this product is). It's not sticky or gritty like some of the other vitamin C serums I've used in the past and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, but to be completely honest it smells... not great. This product smells like meat, and as a vegetarian of 14 years, it skeeves me out a bit! I have no idea what makes the product smell this way, but it's very noticeable when you first put it on. Eventually the smell fades away, so it's manageable, but it's a little hard to ignore initially!
As for the packaging, I love a dropper for serums but the top of the bottle is a little difficult to grip and use. I much prefer a standard dropper bottle to whatever product design No B.S. has going on here. But it is super cute, just look how great it looks in that photo.
Despite how much I dislike the smell and the packaging of this product, I still can't get past how great the ingredients are and how great my results have been. Honestly it's one of my favorite vitamin C serums. I would highly recommend, but only if you aren't sensitive to smell.
Now I am no connoisseur of eye creams. My go-to at the moment is the Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Gel Eye Cream, which I'm pretty sure it just their water cream re-packaged and sold for more money per ounce. However, what I do know is this Schique Insightful Contour Eye Cream is one luxury item. I can't get over the packaging, using it is so self-indulgent. It's like a tiny little massage for your under-eye. They little tip is so cooling and wonderful, it takes down any swelling from my eyes immediately.
It's hard for me to discuss the results of the product, simply because eye creams generally take a while for noticeable results to take shape. However, I can say that I've been really enjoying this product and that my under-eyes haven't had any bad reactions (which happens more often than you'd think with my skin). I've even been more excited about moisturizing my under-eyes every night! I'd recommend this product based on the packaging alone.
Lastly, we have the Evenprime Moisturizer. Now, this moisturizer has me really conflicted because I love it, but one of the main ingredients in it is ethyl alcohol. The product is also free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, artificial colors, and artificial fragrance, which is a BIG plus for me.
Regardless of how against ethyl alcohol I am, I've really enjoyed using this product. It's super lightweight and rubs away into nothing. It feels cool and refreshing when applied, like some of my favorite water creams (including the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cream and the Red Earth Deep Dive Water Cream). I'd even go as far to say that I am kind of addicted to using this moisturizer, it just sinks into the skin.
I'm a huge fan of the packaging, it's one of the most user-friendly pumps I've ever seen. It's also crazy travel friendly, the pump is made in a way that will prevent it from pumping itself all over your bag, and it's TSA friendly! I do reccommend, but I'll leave the ethical decision of whether or not you mind implementing a product with ethyl alcohol into your routine to make by yourself.