Review: Happy Me Skincare

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I was recently sent 3 beauty products from the Anti-Aging line of Happy Me Skincare: a primer, neck & chest repair cream, and hand cream. Here are my thoughts on the products:




Pore Perfector & Primer-- I really am enjoying this product. There are so many primers on the market these days, from affordable ones at the drugstore to $50 primers at boutiques. After using this one for a week under my makeup, I can tell you that this primer rivals any high end primer I have tried.

We've talked about facial primers before. Nearly all of them are silicone-based and are used under the makeup (or alone) to create an even and smooth texture to the skin and to give the illusion of nearly invisible pores and flawless skin.  Primers can help your makeup go on more smoothly and keep shine at bay.

While this product, like other primers, is silicone based, it differs in terms of the other ingredients.  While most are made up of a host of synthetic ingredients, Happy Me Pore Perfector & Primer really does contain skin-benefiting ingredients.

Here is what is in it:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Salicylic Acid, Copaifera Officinalis Resin (Balsam Copaiba), Iron Oxides, Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Pulp Oil (Acai), Menthol, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary), Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Leaf Oil (Bergamot), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender)

The first ingredients as like nearly all primers. The titatium dioxide works as a natural sunscreen and the salicylic acid is oil soluble, meaning it can penetrate the pores and help "de-gunk". While other primers simply mask flawed skin, this one can help treat the skin as well.

One of my favorite ingredients in this product is Acai. You may have heard about this potent antioxidant before. This is an antioxidant which helps to neutralize free radical damage, but the phytosterols in this can help protect skin cells.

The balsam resin in this provides antiseptic properties. The lavender is soothing and the bergamot is often used in skin care to treat acne.

My main concern with this product, though, is the menthol. While menthol is often used in anti-acne products with good results, it can be very irritating to someone with sensitive skin.  That said, this did not bother my sensitive skin. Another warning would be to be sure you use a good sunscreen while using this primer. As this contains salicylic acid and bergamot (which increases photosensitivity), your skin may be more prone to sunburn when left unprotected.

I really liked this product. My face was super soft and silk and my makeup was flawless all day and evening. I'd choose this in a heartbeat over the leading department store primers and this one is a real bargain at $12.49. This product is available at Drugstore.com.

My Grade: A-


Anti-Aging Neck & Chest Repair Lifting and Lightening Treatment SPF 30--I really wanted to like this product. There is rosewood oil (AKA Bois de Rose), which is beneficial to aging skin and I was pleased to see it in here. Unfortunately, there are PEG and -eth ingredients, both of which have been shown to be contaminated with harmful 1,4 dioxane.

Phenoxyethanol is also listed much closer to the beginning of the ingredients list than I'd like to see it, especially since it only approved for use in concentrations of around 1%. If that is the concentration, then the ingredients after it on this list would not be effective in such low concentrations.


With so many forms of sunscreen in here and sodium hydroxide (lye, which is OK in soap, but unnecessary in a lotion), I found it to be extremely irritating on my skin. I tried it twice, but both times my skin was extremely irritated and even a bit sore. The overwhelming rosemary aroma was what stood out the most, though.

I also want to talk about the main anti-aging ingredient in this,  Syn®-Ake, or Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate. This is a peptide formula that is said to act like a Botox alternative. The effective concentration is 1-4%. As it is the second to last ingredient on the product listing, it would have little to no effect on the skin. There is nothing else that would really lift or lighten as the product name implies.


Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (2% Sunscreen), Homosalate (5% Sunscreen), Octinoxate (7% Sunscreen), Octisalate (5% Sunscreen), Oxybenzone (3% Sunscreen)

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Octocrylene, Ceteareth 20, Cetyl Phosphate, PEG 100 Stearate, Brassica Napus Extract, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract (Sugar Cane), Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract (Lemon), Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple), Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Alpha Arbutin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Prunus Amydalus Dulcis Extract (Sweet Almond), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary), Aniba Rosaeodora Wood Oil (Rosewood), Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Leaf Oil (Bergamot), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide



Due to the questionable ingredients and the irritation factor, I cannot recommend this one. This sells for $13.99 at Drugstore.com.

My Grade: D



Anti-Aging Hand Repair Lifting & Lightening Treatment--The ingredients in this hand cream are very similar to the neck cream--identical in every single way except for ONE essential oil, in fact. There is silicone and many essential oils. The first thing I noticed when applying this to my hands was the overwhelming rosemary aroma. Rosemary is a wonderful ingredient and one I actually like to see in hand cream, however, the scent was overpowering.

What really caught my eye is that the ingredients in the  hand cream and the neck and chest cream are 100% identical in every way until you get to the rosewood oil. Where the neck cream has rosewood, the hand cream has lavender. Everything else, right down to the concentrations of active ingredients, is identical.

This is why it is so important that you be an informed consumer.

This product is $18.49 for 3 ounces. The nearly identical cream is $13.99. If you want to get this, get the hand cream since it's the same formula. You'll save money that way per ounce.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (2% Sunscreen), Homosalate (5% Sunscreen), Octinoxate (7% Sunscreen), Octisalate (5% Sunscreen), Oxybenzone (3% Sunscreen)

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Ceteareth 20, Octocrylene, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, PEG 100 Stearate, Cetyl Phosphate, Brassica Napus Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract (Sugar Cane), Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract (Lemon), Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple), Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Alpha Arbutin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Extract (Sweet Almond), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary), Lavandula Angustifolia Leaf Oil (Lavender), Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Leaf Oil (Bergamot), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide


My Grade: D



The C & G Bottom Line:

A great big thumb's up for the primer. It was lovely. Unfortunately, the other two products are ones I cannot recommend.

 

Disclosure: I was sent these products to review as a member of the Moms Blogger Club. These were received at no cost to me. This in no way has influenced the outcome of this review and all opinions are my own.
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