Monday, February 26, 2007

Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer

At the beginning of this year, I filled out dozens of free online beauty giveaways and samples. Needless to say, I have been waiting patiently for the mail to arrive. The only free goodies I have received were not beauty related and I don't think this is the right blog to talk about my experiments with the fine art of East Indian cooking (I got a free mini cookbook too).

Last week, I received a free sample of Aveeno's Positively Radiant moisturizer. I was a bit doubtful as I have used one of their facial soaps last year and didn't care for it whatsoever. I'm confident that it works - just not for me. It left me super shiny and smelled odd. Like fish. Yuck.

The first thing that impressed me about this free sample was that it came with a packet of wildflower seeds for your flower garden. It was truly a nice touch that made me look forward to spring. Sadly, I have no flower bed as I live in an apartment. I'm sending it off to my sister. I'm sure she will be pleasantly surprised by this little treat in the mail.

I have been using this 0.03 Fl.OZ sample for over a week now and I have to say - I am very pleased and impressed! I have never found a moisturizer that I completely loved and I was always too afraid to go out try a new one. Moisturizers tend to be a bit pricy when you have bills and other such adult things to tend to. Sigh!

The consistency seemed a little thick at first. However, I found that a little goes a long way with this product. Knowing that helps me feel a lot more confident to spend my hard earned money on it. It is rich but not greasy at all. The smell is subtle and natural. It did not smell like the soap, that's for certain! After a day or two, I noticed the difference. I don't know if you can say that my skin looks "positively radiant" but there is a definite improvement. My skin looks much more smooth. It feels much more soft. I'm amazed by it, quite frankly, because my skin has the tendency to look lifeless and feel very dry in winter conditions. As well, I have problem skin. This moisturizer did not irritate my sensitive skin nor did it cause any acne flair-ups.

The product contains "total soy complex" and "natural light diffusers". I have no idea what this means - only assumptions! I think it would have been handy if they contained a small description of the product with the sample. Nothing a quick internet search won't solve! For those concerned with UVA/UVB protection, it does contain an SPF 15 sunscreen. A lot of people don't realize that skin needs protection from the sun in the winter months too.

What I appreciate about this product is that it works well with the other products I use in my beauty regime. I found a lot of moisturizers I have tried left my skin feeling as though it was covered in a fine film, causing my foundation to go out with trouble. This product doesn't. My foundation goes on easily and smoothly. It also works well with the skin perfector I use daily - Biotherm's Source Therapie. They compliment each other greatly, leaving my skin the softest that it has ever been in the winter.

All in all, this is an excellent product. It is lightweight but effective. It's ideal for sensitive and/or acne prone skin. A little goes a long way so you don't have to feel guilty for buying it. It's smell is very subtle. It leaves your skin feeling brand new! I love it and I will certainly purchase this product again in the future.

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