If I’ve learned anything in my almost three years in the workforce, it’s that even if you don’t think you enjoy online shopping, you can learn to like it by spending many of your waking hours sitting in front of a computer. Choosing an afternoon snack from the rainbow of Girl Scout cookie boxes that pop up in the office at this time of year and opening a package can be a great afternoon pick-me-up, especially if you don’t remember what you ordered.
I’ve read about several new skincare products and ingredients lately, so I made them the focus of my last online shopping trip. I tried a rosewater hydrating spray, a coffee-based lip scrub and balm, and a face wash made with baking soda. Here’s what I thought…
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater | $7 for 4 oz.
This would be great as a moisturizer for someone with combination or oily skin (aka your girl) because it’s so lightweight. I’ve been spraying it on several times a day as a pick-me-up, as recommended, without any issues. I could see myself just using this along with an eye cream during the summer months. The only downside was that for some reason I expected these “pick-me-ups” to get rid of little mid-afternoon headaches, negate the effects of a heavy lunch, and generally just make me feel great. That turned out to be a little much for a $7 spray consisting mostly of water.
I know a number of eye creams contain caffeine to constrict blood vessels and minimize the appearance of under-eye circles, but lately coffee has made its way into other skin care products as well. This coffee lip scrub from frank body, according to the Australian company’s website, uses coffee seed oil to stimulate collagen production as raw sugar exfoliates. The rich lip balm to apply afterward includes oils from coffee, coconut, and grape seed to heal and protect lips.
While I’ve used a mixture of brown sugar and honey to exfoliate my lips and it’s worked just fine, the coffee scrub was a lot cleaner and easier to use. Plus, the packaging is much cuter. 🙂 It smells just like fresh coffee and has a sweet, mild taste. The balm wasn’t greasy at all because it’s made from a base of lanolin rather than petroleum.
Frank also makes a peppermint coffee scrub that would make a seasonally appropriate holiday gift, especially for a friend that loves her Starbucks Peppermint Mochas.
Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser | $6.49
The baking soda in this facial cleanser works to gently exfoliate and correct skin’s pH, which can heal and prevent breakouts. I liked it mainly because it fully removed my makeup (if you’re unsure whether your face wash does this effectively, swipe a cotton ball soaked in toner over your face after cleansing. The cleaner the cotton ball comes away, the better). It left my face a tiny bit tight afterward, but not unpleasantly so – it was mostly just refreshing.
My favorite product of these three was the lip scrub and lip balm duo, but at such reasonable prices, I think they’re all worth a try. 🙂 Until next time!