Cosmessential Premium Facial Serums Reviews – The Grande + Essential-C

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Today I am reviewing two of the Premium Facial Serums recently PR Gifted to me from Cosmessential – The Grande (Anti-Aging) and Essential-C (Brightening). Last week I gave you a sneak peek of the surprise package that I received (info in italics taken from the Cosmessential website).

Cosmessential - The Grande, Essential-C

Here’s little bit about this Vancouver based, Canadian company, sister brand to GummiBands (previously reviewed here):

With experience centered in Canadian award winning spas and salons, we developed Cosmessential over five years with three key principals in mind:

  1. Effective, all inclusive skin care serums
    Most skincare available on the market today has fewer than 3 key active ingredients. Not because you can’t use more at once but because brands want you to have to purchase multiple items to achieve all of your desired results. Our skincare targets all facets of each particular skin goal at the same time saving you time and bathroom counter space. 
  2. Quality Ingredients with Karma
    Our products are certified vegan and animal cruelty free by leaping bunny and includes at a minimum 60% organic sources. Combining powerful plant based essences from nature with effective science we have been able to create a stable and incredibly effective range of products that compliments almost any existing skincare routine.
  3. Stewardship
    Cosmessential Cosmetics is committed to helping make the world a better place. We strive to include a charitable aspect to every part of our business and are always looking for new avenues to explore in the philanthropic arena.

Let’s take a closer look at The Grande and Essential C facial serums, starting with The Grande (full size $87 CAD / $66 USD).

Cosmessential - The Grande

ANTI-AGEING FACE SERUM -With 25 Key Active Ingredients, the Grande Facial Serum targets all areas of skin care and anti-aging. Deeply moisturizing but with a light feel that absorbs nicely, this serum is lifting, firming, smoothing, brightening and conditioning.

Skin Types: All Skin Age: 35+ for consistent use, 25-35 may use one bottle/year as a “booster” product. Not recommended for use on skin under the age of 25.

Directions: After cleansing and toning apply 1-2 pumps of serum to the face and decollete, lightly massaging in upward motions until all of the product has absorbed into the skin. After application wait 60 seconds before applying a day cream or sunscreen. Can be used morning and evening. For sensitive skin start with once per day, 3 days per week. Product may have a slight foaming action if applied to damp skin.

This is a beautiful lightweight, yet super hydrating serum. It has all of the key anti-aging properties and ingredients for moisturizing, anti-oxidant, soothing, brightening, firming / smoothing. It works well with my fine lines (yay), and doesn’t cause any dryness or irritation for my sensitive skin. I’ve been using this serum at night.

Ingredients: Rose Flower Water (Rosa Damascena), Organic Aloe Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Emulsifying Wax (Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60), Glycerin, DMAE Bitartrate (Dimethylaminoethanol Bitartrate), Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes Alba), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus Carota Sativa), Hyaluronic Acid, Coenzyme Q10 (Ubidecarenone), Provitamin A (Beta Carotene), Vitamin A Palmitate (Retinyl Palmitate), Alpha Lipoic Acid (Thioctic Acid), Provitamin B5 (DL-Panthenol), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Organic Sugar Cane Extract (Saccharum Officinarum), Organic Bilberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Myrtillus), Organic Sugar Maple Extract (Acer Saccharinum), Organic Orange Peel Extract (Citrus Sinensis), Organic Lemon Peel Extract (Citrus Limon), Organic Cranberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Macrocarpon), Organic Alcohol, Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis), Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

Now onto the Essential-C ($72 CAD / $54 USD):

Cosmessential - Essential-C

VITAMIN C FACE SERUM -A combination of 3 different types of Vitamin C from 5 different sources helps give skin a multi-faceted boost. Ideal for evening tone, counteracting dullness, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and aiding in the reduction of hyper-pigmentation, Cosmessentials Essential-C Serum is an ideal addition to almost any skincare routine.

Skin Types: Normal-Combo Skin Age: 21+ for consistent use.

Directions: After cleansing and toning apply 1-2 pumps of serum to the face and decollete, lightly massaging in upward motions until all of the product has absorbed into the skin. After application wait 60 seconds before applying a day cream or sunscreen. Can be used morning and evening. For sensitive skin start with once per day, 3 days per week.

My skin does really well with Vitamin C based serums – it just makes my skin look so bright and healthy and I didn’t have any sensitivity issues with this serum. It plays nicely with moisturizers, sunscreen and makeup.

The five different Vitamin C’s are: Vitamin C Ester (Ascorbyl Palmitate), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid),  Organic Cranberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Macrocarpon), Organic Red Raspberry Fruit Extract (Rubus Idaeus), Organic Blueberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Corymbosum), and are combined with a bunch of calming, moisturizing, anti-oxidant ingredients.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Glycerin, Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina), Emulsifying Wax (Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60), Vitamin C Ester (Ascorbyl Palmitate), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Phenoxyethanol, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Organic Cranberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Macrocarpon), Organic Red Raspberry Fruit Extract (Rubus Idaeus), Organic Blueberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Corymbosum), Organic White Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba), Organic Alcohol, Organic Neem Seed Oil (Melia Azadirachta), Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate

Cosmessential - The Grande, Essential-C

As well, Cosmessential has given me a coupon code for my lovely readers to get a free 15ml travel-size product with a purchase of a full size serum. This is not an affiliate code, I don’t make money if you purchase. The code is: TRAVEL.

More reviews of the Cosmessential Premium Facial Serums to come!

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these were PR Gifted. However, my opinion is entirely my own. Also – this blog post contains a coupon code (not an affiliate code).

 

Currently Testing – Cosmessential Premium Facial Serums

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I received a little surprise PR package in my mailbox from Cosmessential – a sister company to GummiBand (who I have previously worked with). They are a Canadian company, based in British Columbia that just released their new premium skincare line of four serums.

Cosmessential Premium Facial Serums

These serums are vegan, cruelty-free, and contain a minimum of 60% certified organic ingredients:

The Grande (anti-aging), Essential C (exfoliation and brightening), The Calm (anti-inflammatory) and B-Three (for problem or sensitive skin)

Reviews to follow soon!

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Disclosure: PR Gifted products, however my opinion is always my own.

Goldfaden MD Needle-less Line Smoothing Concentrate Review

Goldfaden MD Needle-less Line Smoothing Face Concentrate

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Today I’m reviewing the Needle-less Line Smoothing Concentrate from Goldfaden MD that came in my June Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Goldfaden MD Needle-less Line Smoothing Concentrate

Dr. Goldfaden’s smoothing serum is the ultimate non-invasive solution to reduce the appearance of fine line depth, increase skin suppleness and create a smooth, flawless finish. 

Goldfaden MD Needle-less Line Smoothing Concentrate

Pure Hyaluronic Acid and advanced Hexapeptides make skin feel plump, appear firm and diminish the appearance of fine lines and deep creases. Nutrient-rich Seaweed Extract promotes a long-term, youthful-looking glow. With continued use, your skin will reap the benefits of looking younger, feeling smoother, and appearing more radiant. Ideal for all skin types.

Goldfaden MD Needle-less Line Smoothing Concentrate

This was the product that I was the most excited to try from the June box – it is no secret that facial serums are one of my absolute favourite skincare products!

The Needle-less Serum is to be used on dynamic lines (ie: forehead, crow’s feet and around the mouth – not on the under-eye area). A little goes a long way, just a drop or two is needed for application. This is a colourless and serum that absorbs into the skin fairly quickly, and plays nicely with makeup. It plumps the skin and helps my fine lines disappear.

Goldfaden MD Needle-less Line Smoothing Face Concentrate

I’m sure that with extended use, the results would be more apparent (as with most anti-aging products, it tends to take around 4 to 6 weeks to reach full effectiveness). Since you only need the smallest amount, my sample will probably last several weeks as this is the same type packaging as their eye cream sample and that lasted me quite awhile.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aqua, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carrageenan, Propylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Citric Acid, Aspalathus, Linearis Extract, Potasium Sorbate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Seaweed Extract, Distilled Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Red Tea Extract

Have you tried this serum, or anything from Goldfaden MD?

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour box subscription that I pay for.

Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Antioxidant Serum from Juice Beauty that came in my April Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour website]

Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum

Clinically proven to help reduce free radicals up to 87%, this lightweight serum feeds your skin with vitamins and antioxidants from certified organic botanical juices, moisturizes with fatty acid-packed plant oils and smoothes the appearance of fine lines with peptides, alpha lipoic acid and CoQ10. The perfect daily vitamin to use after cleansing and before your moisturizer. A Daily Essential for all skin types.

Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum

This is a very lightweight and hydrating serum that soaks into my skin quickly. You don’t need a lot to cover your entire face and neck. It works well with other products – moisturizer / face cream, sunscreen and foundations. I’ve been using it both morning and night for a few weeks now, and I have to say that I really love it, and will be adding it to my wishlist.

It has tons of skin friendly hydrating and skin firming ingredients. Very gentle on my sensitive skin.

Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Organic juicesof vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, citrus aurantium dulcis (organic orange juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*,vegetable glycerin, saccharomyces cerevisiae extract, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, lysolecithin, sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, organic essential fatty acids of oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose oil)*, linum usitatissimum (organic linseed oil)*, borago officinalis (organic borage seed oil)*, amyris balsamifera (organic rosewood oil)*, vitis vinifera (grape seed oil), pullulan, organic algae extract, tocopherol (Vitamin E), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), ubiquinone (CoQ10), thioctic acid (alpha lipoic acid), dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), sodium hyaluronate (vegetable hyaluronic acid), sodium hydroxide, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, litsea cubeba (organic may chang) pure essential oil*certified organic

Have you tried this serum?

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

 

Mini Project Pan – Serum Stash

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As you all know, I’ve been trying to work my way through my stash and use things up each month. I have a few serums that are getting a little old, and I really want to commit to finishing them up before buying anything new (and before they go off).

All four of these serums only have approximately 1/4 left, and I’m hoping to finish them up by the end of April. Let’s take a look at what I discovered hiding at the back of my skincare shelf:

The Ordinary Serums - Project Pan

The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% – originally reviewed here. I just started using this one again about two weeks ago.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – originally reviewed here. Another one that I’ve been using every morning under eye creams for about two weeks.

The next two, the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (Vitamin C) and Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion – original reviews here and here. I set these two aside when testing out some creams that had c and retinol in their formulations, because I didn’t want to overdo it ingredient-wise to prevent irritating my sensitive skin. I’m going to alternate between these two serums in my night-time skincare routine.

The Ordinary Serums - Project Pan

I’ll be checking in with my progress in a few weeks (on or before the end of April).

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Disclosure: I paid for these serums.

Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir / Antioxidant Serum Review

Petit Vour December 2018

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Today I’m reviewing the Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir / Antioxidant Serum that came in my December Petit Vour box [info in italics from the Petit Vour website].

Petit Vour December 2018

Dr. Goldfaden’s advanced brightening and antioxidant serum helps aid against the appearance of photoaging and free radical damage, while leaving skin feeling hydrated and looking radiant.

  • Works to boost skin moisture and calm appearance
  • Increases radiance and improves appearance of skin color and tone
  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines

Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir

I love facial serums, I think that they are an essential part of my skincare routine. Serums with brightening / radiance boosting and anti-aging properties are my favourite.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Water, Glycerin, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Ferulic Acid, Niacinamide

Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir

The Brightening Elixir is a very watery, clear serum, and it soaks into the skin fairly quickly and doesn’t leave a tacky feeling. I feel that it adds a level of hydration to the skin as well, but since it is cold and wintery here in Quebec, I do use a facial oil and / or moisturizer for extra hydration.

I really like this serum a lot!

Have you tried this serum?

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum + The Cosmic Serum Review

Poetic Blend - The Warrior Serum, The Cosmic Serum

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Today I’m reviewing The Warrior Serum and The Cosmic Serum – they were bonus surprises in my recent Poetic Blend giveaway winnings! I’ve already reviewed The Hero Oil and The Timeless Oil earlier this week.

Poetic Blend - The Warrior Serum, The Cosmic Serum

The Warrior Serum is a full size, and The Cosmic Serum was a sample size [info in italics taken from the Poetic Blend website]

The Warrior Serum:

Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum

This incredibly powerful yet gentle serum is formulated with advanced ceramide technology. Plant derived ceramides boost moisture retention in the skin and combine with AHA’s and Glycolic Acid to fight free radical damage. Pore cleansing, plant-based Salicylic Acid helps shed dead skin cells and clear pores while stimulating cellular regeneration. The end result is a plumper, smoother, and even complexion, made for the warrior in all of us. Suitable for all skin types including mature & blemish-prone skin.

Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum

This is a powerhouse serum, but at the same time is super gentle on my sensitive skin. I’ve been using this serum nightly after cleansing, and wake up with fresh and smooth skin. I love this one!

The Cosmic Serum:

Poetic Blend The Cosmic Serum

A cosmic wonder made with constellations of plant peptides & hyaluronic acid 
Meet your skin’s kismet – this powerful force of a serum is loaded with Hyaluronic acid, a bevy of peptide complex blends and plant stem cells boost collagen and restore elasticity. Suitable for all skin types, especially those looking for superior hydration + anti-aging properties.

This is what the full size looks like [screenshot taken from the Poetic Blend website]

Poetic Blend The Cosmic Serum [shot taken from Poetic Blend website]

I’ve been using my sample of The Cosmic Serum in the mornings after cleansing, and before applying facial oil for an added hydration boost. It absorbs quickly and plays nicely with all of the facial oils, moisturizers and makeup that I’ve used with it.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I won these in a giveaway, but because I love skincare, you know I’m going to share my experience!

Poetic Blend Giveaway Winnings!

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If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen my Stories and Unboxing of the beautiful prize package that I won from Poetic Blend. [info in italics taken from the Poetic Blend website]

Poetic Blend

Poetic Blend is a Canadian cruelty-free company:

All orders are made by hand, in fresh, small batches to maximize freshness. Each and every part of our production is done with a great labour of love, by hand in our studio; everything from assembling the rubber to the aluminium cap with the dropper, to the labelling, pouring, boxing and packaging is touched by the loving hand of a human.

Poetic Blend

The prize was the Face Oil Collection – the Ghost Oil, the Hero Oil, and the Timeless Oil. But the owner slipped in a full size of the new Warrior Serum, as well as a sample of the Cosmic Serum.

Poetic Blend Face Oil Trio - The Ghost Oil, The Hero Oil, The Timeless Oil

Poetic Blend Face Oil Trio - The Ghost Oil, The Hero Oil, The Timeless Oil

I’ve previously tried and reviewed the Ghost Oil (which I loved), so I won’t be reviewing it this time, but reviews of both the Hero and Timeless Oils are coming this week, as well as for the Warrior and Cosmic Serums.

Poetic Blend - The Warrior Serum, The Cosmic Serum

Look at the packaging! So beautiful! I cannot wait to share my experience with using these facial oils and serums with you this week!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I won these products in a giveaway, and because skincare is one of my favourite things, you know that I’m going to review them!

Modern Skin Co. Advanced Repair Overnight Detox + Hydration Booster Review

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I’ve been testing out the Advanced Repair + Overnight Detox + Hydration Booster Serum from Canadian company (Toronto based) Modern Skin Co. since the end of December when I met up with owner Lauralynn Baxter over the holidays. We chatted about skincare, makeup and cooking over coffee.  She gave me bunch of 3ml sample packs to try out (even more than pictured!), so many that I’ve still not managed to finish them all up despite nightly usage! [info in italics taken from the Modern Skin Co. website]

Modern Skin Co. Advanced Repair +

Advanced Repair + is an extremely lightweight gel-based concentrate containing powerful active ingredients that are scientifically formulated to detoxify, hydrate and restore radiance. A luxurious velvety texture blended with our signature delicate, yet intoxicating scent of ylang-ylang and sweet orange blossom create the ultimate sensory experience.  This concentrate is deeply absorbed into the skin resulting in visible re-hydration, radiance and skin that is plumper in appearance. Advanced Repair + infuses skin with the perfect complement of science and nature. Safe for use on sensitive skin.

Modern Skin Co. Advanced Repair +

TRULY MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SKINCARE

  • Low dosages of Glycolic and Salicylic Acid promote radiance and renewal of the skin through gentle cellular turnover.
  • Schisandra extract provides detoxification of tissue from environmental aggressors, as well as aiding in de-activating free-radicals by giving skin a powerful dose of anti-oxidants.
  • Botanical Hyaluronic Acid promotes intense hydration resulting in skin with a youthful and healthy appearance. With its ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is the most powerful natural moisturizing ingredient known to science.

Modern Skin Co. Advanced Repair +

As you all know I have sensitive skin, so as always, I did a patch test on my arm before testing it out on my face. The gel based serum is lightweight, but hydrating, and really does help with radiance, and I find that the plumping effect actually minimizes fine lines. It absorbs quickly into the skin.

The scent is very, very mild, with sweet orange blossom and ylang-ylang. Far less scented than a lot of the facial products on the market – which I fully appreciate!

Modern Skin Co. Advanced Repair +

Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Cassia Angustifolia Seed (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid) Extract, Glycerin (Kosher Vegetable Glycerin), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe) Extract, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Hydroxyethyl Ethylcellulose, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi/ Kojic Acid) Extract, Carrageenan, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Glycolic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin , Salix Alba Bark (Willow Bark/ Salicylic Acid) Extract, Pimpinella Anisum (Anise) Extract, Cochlearia Armoria Root (Horseradish ) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (Licorice) Extract, Schisandra Chinensis (Schisandra) Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Extract, Panax Quinquefolius Root (Ginseng) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Seed Oil (Melissa Essential Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium) Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange Essential Oil), Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil).

Modern Skin Co. Advanced Repair +

Modern Skin Co. launched its first product, the Advanced Repair + serum, in the fall, and are currently developing an anti-pollution detoxifying cleanser to be launched in 2018. I’m looking forward to trying it out!

Modern Skin Co. Advanced Repair +

*photo of full-size taken from Modern Skin Co.*

Currently, Modern Skin Co is currently only available to ship within Canada (except for Quebec). The Advanced Repair + serum sells for $65 CAD for 30ml (1 fl oz).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: PR samples, however my opinion is my own.