Product Reviews by setoutrunning

Treatments (Face) - Tata Harper - Resurfacing Serum

5.0
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3 months ago

Resurfacing Serum is a clean exfoliator with a light lotion texture. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy. It’s pink in color and has an earthy, lightly floral scent that can be off-putting if smelled after anything overtly sweet (it might have something to do with the sea buckthorn oil). The packaging is typical Tata Harper.

What separates Resurfacing Serum from other products is its …
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Treatments (Face) - Truth Treatment Systems - Transdermal C Serum

4.0
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6 months ago

Transdermal C and I got off to a rocky start. This stuff is sticky. Not C-Firma sticky, but more of an oily, spreads-around-and-never-absorbs sticky. As it turns out, sometimes I should read the directions. How to use: mix 2–3 drops (it’s a petite pipette) with 2 pumps mist—the recommendation is the company’s own Biomimetic Priming Mist, obviously, but I’ve had no issues with a fluid HA serum or …Read more

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Scrubs - Dermalogica - AGE SMART Daily Superfoliant

2.0
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8 months ago

I find the Dermalogica scrubs to be very expensive in comparison to similar scrubs from other brands; they’re priced in line with weekly, intensive scrubs as opposed to daily options. More importantly, the mini size (which is what I opt for considering my usage) does not have a very convenient package design, as the opening for pouring has no cover, so powder is free to pour into the lid and …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Deciem - NIOD Survival 0

5.0
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11 months ago

Survival 0 is pleasant, well priced, and useful.

Its purposes are twofold, though not entirely exclusive. It contains purified lutein and fractionated melanin, which have been shown to reduce the effects of high energy visible light—i.e. blue light, which is emanating from your phone/tablet/computer screen right now—on the skin. It also contains a number of antioxidants, including …
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Treatments (Face) - Deciem - The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid Serum

4.0
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Jan/02/2019

The Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% is probably one of The Ordinary’s most immediately gratifying products in terms of visible results, behind only the AHA 30% + BHA 2%.

ALA (thioctic acid) doesn’t pack the burn that AHAs do and isn’t as sensitive regarding pH environment. Due to concentration, TO still earns the product may cause sensitivity of overused—I’ve never experienced this (even when …
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Skincare - Face - Lancer Skincare - Omega Hydrating Oil With Ferment Complex

5.0
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Dec/28/2018

This might be my new favorite oil.

I can only comment anecdotally, as I am not familiar enough with the profiles of individual oils to confidently break down their benefits. But I guess user reviews are anecdotal, so WTH.

I was initially concerned this oil would be heavy and dry skin-ideal based on name alone, but it turns out I was mistaken. This oil features a balance of …
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Treatments (Face) - Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - BellEvolve Lac-Luronic Serum

4.0
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Dec/28/2018

This lactic acid treatment has grown on me quite a lot since purchase. I bought it as an alternative to Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, which just didn’t wow me in the same way it seems to wow everyone else. The high hyaluronic acid content adds extra hydration to the formula without compromising the active acid content of the product, which of course is already gentler (and more moisturizing) than …Read more

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Skincare - Face - Allies of Skin - Bright Future Overnight Facial

5.0
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Dec/28/2018

Allies of Skin Bright Future Sleeping Facial would be an HG product for me if not for the price (50ml/$120USD). As with all AOS masks, it is intended to function as an all-in-one product, capable of fulfilling all skincare needs post-cleansing and toning. If you’re a simple regimen person, this is your dream.

This mask contains a mixture of 8% AHAs and BHAs (glycolic, lactic …
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Skincare - Face - Osmosis Skincare - Renew Level 4 Vitamin A Serum

4.0
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Dec/28/2018

FYI: Skip the next paragraph if you’re in a hurry.

I settled on retinaldehyde (retinal) as my retinoid of choice after reading a number of peer-reviewed articles. At low concentrations (0.05% IIRC), it performs as well as retinoic acid in acne prevention/treatment (retinal has been shown to kill P. acnes, for those who deal with breakouts but not fungal acne) and treatment of …
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Treatments (Face) - Biologique Recherche - Elastine Pure

4.0
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May/30/2018

UPDATE 01/01/19:
I am upgrading my rating now that I’m on my next bottle of this serum. It still earns high marks for texture and absorption (as do most BR quintessential serums) and I still find a little goes a long way, especially when used selectively (I am now using it around the mouth and eyes and on the forehead). I do find dark lipsticks wear cleaner after having used this for over six …
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