What’s in my beauty cabinet?
Christmas has come and gone, but I still feel like a child with all the excitement involved with the unwrapping of my skincare goodies. I overindulged this year, bad for the wallet, but hopefully good for the skin. There is a huge backlog of reviews and only so much face I can test it out on.
Here’s a peek into what I’ve been using consistently in the 2 months:
This was my first foray into the world of Tammy Fender skincare products. Despite my initial hesitation with the purchase due to the somewhat hefty price tag and the fact that the product came in a jar and I’m against icky fingers and re-dipping, I took the plunge because of the enthusiastic recommendation from Tara from Follain.
I have dry skin which tends to flake if I don’t apply moisturizer day and night. I can even layer an oil under a moisturizer and still not look like a disco ball. My skin is a sponge. Unfortunately, my skin is also very sensitive. My skin is highly prone to hyperpigmentation both from the sun and also post inflammatory pigmentation (PIH). When it is irritated, my skin reacts with peeling, redness, rawness and breakouts.
Here are my thoughts after 2 months of testing:
Aqueous Extracts Of Lavender (Lavendula Angustifloria),*Hibiscus Sabdariffa, FoTi (Polygonum Multiflorum), Algae (Laminaria Digitata), Grape (Vitis Vinefira) Seed Extract, *Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil, *Rose (Rosa Canina) Hip Seed Oil, Ben Alkpoly Glucoside (and) Polyglyceryl (Plant Souce), *Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, *Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Shea Butter, *Orange Peel Wax Complex, *Sunflower Seed Seed Oil, Carrot Sativa Seed Extract, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Essential Oils of Neroli Bigarde, Sweet Orange, Dehydroacetic Acid and Benzyl Alcohol (Natural Preservative System), Oleoresin (Rosemary)
Texture and color
The moisturizer is a tan cream type moisturizer with a light consistency. A little goes a long way with this moisturizer. Despite the presence of oils, I did not find this moisturizer to be pore clogging.
This one is a tough one. Subtle it is not. Pleasant? I like it, but I also think it’s a little strong and for that reason, may offend those who prefer unscented products. The Tammy Fender Antioxidant Crème Neroli & Orange is aptly named. The Neroli and Sweet Orange essential oil in this product takes some getting used to especially for those new to essential oils in their skin care products. I have gotten used to the scent and in fact, love applying it before bedtime.
A 1.9 oz jar cost $95 and lasted me approximately 2 months.
Moisturizing *power* (for lack of a better word)
This is where the TF moisturizer does a fantastic job. It’s not too heavy that my skin can’t breathe and it doesn’t clog my pores. It’s not too skimpy that I end up with dry flaking skin. In fact, I think it’s just right and depending on how much is applied, I think everyone can find a happy medium with this product. I tend to be more generous at night because I wake up with plump moisturized skin. I think it would do well on long distance flights as well. I’ve used it by itself, combined right after the light misting of a toner, and also layered on top of a face oil and they all work well together.
Does it play nice with makeup?
I am seriously torn here. I’ve read reviews of others saying it plays nicely with makeup, but unfortunately for me, it didn’t work well with the two products I used it with.
I prefer to use this moisturizer at night for two reasons – scent and interaction with my makeup. I have to use it sparingly in the day due to the scent. The other factor is that this moisturizer has unpredictable effects when layered with foundation and tinted moisturizer. When I tried it with my SUQQU Frame fix cream foundation (Japanese brand), I found that the two products HATE one another. Words cannot describe the disaster that ensued. The foundation went on cakey and clumpy when applied on top of the Tammy Fender moisturizer. The combination of the two enhanced every single pore that I had and I looked like a hot mess. *This is not an exaggeration. When I’ve used this foundation with other moisturizers, I have not had that problem. I believe the oils in the TF moisturizer created a barrier on my skin that the foundation just could not penetrate. When I used it with my other go to, the Jan Marini Physical Protectant – aka a tinted sunscreen, the two got along better. However, there is a slight tendency for the product, and I’m not sure if it’s the Jan Marini Physical Protectant of the Tammy Fender Moisturizer, to lightly ball up upon application with my fingers. TMI I know.
To cut a long story short, I prefer to either use a very light hand with this moisturizer in the day or slather it on at night and wake up with plump moisturized skin.
It comes in a 1.9 oz 100% recyclable amber glass jar. Yes, it does look apothecary cool and there are many benefits to glass packaging, but I am not a fan of the need to dip my fingers in my moisturizer. Tammy Fender products are meant to be used within 8 – 12 weeks of opening.
To bypass my own weird preference, I swiped a small plastic spatula that came with the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack Mask I bought a while ago.
See below. Problem solved.
I do wish the TF product came with its own spatula.
I would rate it a solid 4 and a half stars out of 5. This is a great overall moisturizer and the results speak for themselves. My skin is left well-moisturized without being greasy and the texture of my skin has improved. For me, the hunt continues since I am a skincare junkie, but I would gladly repurchase this moisturizer. Tammy Fender’s Spontaneous Recovery Creme and Intensive Repair Balm are on my wishlist!