Reviewing two of my clean beauty mainstays, including the moisturizer I keep buying despite the price and my new preferred method of self-tanning, as well as a cult favorite that I wanted to love but didn’t. Have you tried any of these products?
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer
Easily the best moisturizer I’ve ever put on my face!
The texture of the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer is so smooth and rich, the scent is lemon-y and lovely, and it moisturizes deeply. It is not thick or tacky and doesn’t leave skin shiny or oily. My skin has never felt as firm, radiant, and healthy as it has since using this moisturizer which is why I’ve repurchased it multiple times.
My one complaint is the dispenser on the jar. In my experience the pump lends itself to wasted product and it seems like you’re out when really there’s at least another week’s worth left in there. It’s a quick fix, simply unscrew the top, but still annoying.
With a price tag of $70, I can’t say you NEED it, but I will say that if you’re wanting to invest in your skin and can afford the splurge, it is well worth it.
Otherwise, I would recommend keeping an eye out for sitewide sales like anniversary sales or friends and family sales, or sign up for Derm Store’s subscribe option for 15% off and free shipping.
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
This cleanser was unimpressive. In fact I never even finished the bottle. I was pumped to try it because I’ve heard really great things about Indie Lee, and the sales associate when I purchased raved about the line. While I have nothing bad to say about it, I don’t feel like it did anything for my skin.
It could be because I have acne-prone oily skin. My guess is the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser would be better suited to someone who has relatively good skin and simply needs a gentle, non-toxic cleanser. If that’s you, it’s worth a try, but if you’re needing a little more help from your cleanser, skip this one.
My search for the best non-toxic cleanser will continue!
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops
These are so great that they are difficult to find in stock! Stores are constantly selling out and it can be weeks before a restock – so if you want to try them, I recommend scooping them up ASAP.
These Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops have become my favorite method of self-tanning. They don’t last as long as a mousse but they are so simple to apply and don’t require washing off so it is easier to keep up with them every few days. For that reason, I’m favoring them to my other self-tanners these days.
I do use plastic gloves to apply these. I may just need to work on my application, but every time I try just using my hands, I get orange build-up around my wrists that is not cute.
Pictured in the photo above is the “Dark” shade, but I recently repurchased and went for the “Medium” shade. It hasn’t arrived yet (my local store was sold out so we had to order it to be delivered – I wasn’t kidding when I said these things sell like hot cakes!) My thought process in going for the “Dark” initially was that if I was going to put in the effort to self-tan, I wanted some real pay-off. It is a very believable and beautiful color, but the “Dark” felt a little unnatural on me since I am paleeee.
The color does take a few hours to develop but it does not need to be washed off, as it just mixes in with your moisturizer. So if you apply in the morning, you will have a good tan glow by lunch. Easy peasy!