QVC Purchases: Laura Mercier, Bliss Spa, PhilosophyApril 05, 2011
Over the last week or so, I've made several purchases from QVC. I haven't tried any out yet, but I will begin sometime this week.
My first purchase was the Bliss Poetic Waxing At-Home Hair Removal Kit. The kit comes with:
- 5.3 oz Poetic wax in microwaveable cup
- 1 fl oz Poetic super skin cleanser
- 1 fl oz Poetic pre- and post-waxing oil
- 6.7 fl oz Lemon+Sage body butter maximum moisture cream
- Three large spatulas
- Three small spatulas
- Polypropylene carry tote
The QVC website states:
What is it: A safe and effective, low-temperature and aromatherapy-based hair removal system that makes at-home, head-to-toe waxing comfortable, convenient, and easy.
Who is it for: Suitable for use on nearly any part of the face or body.
Why is it different: Used in Bliss spas, this colorful, stripless, aromatherapeutic wax--which comes in a microwavable cup--lets you see where you apply it. The wax shrink-wraps the hair to pull it straight out from the root. It can even grab the shortest, coarsest, and most stubborn growth that other waxes miss. Mild Super Skin Cleanser removes dirt, perspiration, and makeup, while Pre- and Post-Waxing Oil helps ensure wax sticks to the hair and not to your skin.
Also included is Lemon+Sage body butter, a fresh, citrus-scented maximum moisture cream.
How do I use it: Place the Poetic Waxing Cup in the microwave and heat it in 30-second intervals until the wax is the consistency of thick honey. Cleanse the area to be waxed with a cotton pad soaked in Super Skin Cleanser. Blot excess with tissue. Then, massage in a very light film of Pre- and Post-Waxing Oil.
Dip a spatula in the wax and twirl to avoid dripping. Apply the wax against the direction of hair growth for short hair, or with the direction of hair grown for longer hair. When the wax has dried enough so that it's not tacky to the touch, it is time to remove it. Press down on the entire patch to ensure a uniform removal. Then, hold the skin tight, grab an end, and remove the wax in a brisk fashion against the direction of hair growth. If you need to wax the same area more than once, reapply Pre- and Post-Waxing Oil as necessary. After waxing, cleanse skin again and apply another thin layer of oil.
Apply Lemon+Sage body butter cream after showering, anywhere below the neck, to trap high levels of hydration.
Needless to say, I'm very excited to try it out! I've read mixed reviews, but for the price it's definitely worth a try. It's regularly $73 in stores, and I got it for $39.99 + s&h, but on three easy payments. Plus it's on auto-delivery every 90 days I believe.
What is it: A lightweight, creamy gel that creates an invisible barrier between your skin and makeup. Worn under foundation, it provides a smooth canvas for flawless application, allowing foundation to glide on easily and stay fresh and color-true for hours. This is the first step in Laura's signature flawless face technique.
Who is it for: The woman who wants to flawlessly apply makeup and enjoy increased performance and extended wear. Once you experience this primer, you will never wear foundation alone again. Ideal for normal and combination skin types.
Why is it different: This award-winning foundation primer was the industry's first. The colorless gel acts as a buffer to outside elements, while vitamins A, C, and E act as antioxidants and protect the skin from the harmful, aging effects of the environment. The primer contains a unique light-reflecting ingredient that creates a soft-focus effect, diminishing the look of fine lines and imperfections while giving skin a soft, luminous glow.
How do I use it: After applying your skin care and sunblock, massage a liberal amount of primer all over the face until it has been absorbed into the skin. This massaging action is both healthy and stimulating for the skin. Follow with foundation.
My final purchase was Philosophy's When Hope is Not Enough serum (4oz.). Right now, I'm all about finding natural ways to improve and protect my skin. I've been doing a lot of research on different ingredients that will help with my hyperpigmentation, reduce my breakouts, and simply protect my skin from this harsh environment. While I still believe the saying, "black don't crack," I'm also painfully aware that this is not the atmosphere/ozone of the older generation. Even WOC need to protect their skin. Although I wear sunscreen everyday, year round, I'm still looking for products to essentially make my skin flawless.
I haven't tried the product out yet, but I have had good experiences with some of Philosophy's other products. The QVC website didn't provide the best description, but Sephora's says:
When Hope Is Not Enough
What it is:
A lightweight, oil-free antioxidant serum with toning, firming, and antiwrinkle properties.
What it is formulated to do:
This multitasking treatment addresses a bevy of complexion concerns with powerful, targeted ingredients, leaving skin looking young and radiant. Pentapeptide-3 imparts elasticity, firmness, and lift while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, under-eye bags and puffiness, and overall shadowy darkness. Glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E guard against free-radical damage, reduce signs of environmental damage, and prevent premature aging. Sodium hyaluronate lightly hydrates the skin. Chaparral extract minimizes unwanted facial hair. The revitalizing blend hydrates stressed and aging skin without adding oil.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
What else you need to know:
Naturally occurring glutathione is the most abundant antioxidant in the human body; it provides a crucial protective function and works against the aging process. Glutathione levels decrease with age and exposure to external stressors; replenishing its levels helps the skin to take on a more youthful, vibrant appearance. Glutathione, and vitamins C and E are considered to be "network antioxidants" that work synergistically to provide the ultimate protection against environmental attack. This antioxidant-rich treatment does not contain propylene glycol.