We received an email at work that my place of work now has an Instagram profile. I immediately blocked them, I am calling this a Preemptive Block. I don’t like my worlds to bleed together, like that whole George Costanza and worlds colliding thing – I totally get that. Plus, there is something odd about employers being on social media platforms – this is a grey area to me. I am probably being silly as I don’t even talk about work on any of my social media platforms but it still makes me feel some kind of way. Paranoid – mostly paranoid. Side note – I joined a book of the month club and I am so jazzed about it.
Today’s sample came in an Ipsy a few months ago by Hanalei Beauty Company. It is their Aloe Soothing Gel, this gel is formulated with papaya enzyme, vitamins A, C and E. Aloe is obviously fantastic for soothing aggravated skin but this gel also claims to improve skin suppleness and have regenerative properties. First off, I may be the only person who cannot stand the smell of aloe – gag. It smells like ditch water, I grew up in rural CO and have a lot of experience with ditch water, for some reason I just associate that with aloe. This gel wasn’t too overwhelmingly scented and honestly wasn’t even that gel like. I think it is thinner than a lot of gels that I have used but I liked this, I feel that the viscosity makes it absorb quickly without any residue. Some aloe products can be greasy and I didn’t feel any greasiness or stickiness with this product. I have been using this right after toner on super dry areas of my face and I really like it, it doesn’t pill and just adds another moisture barrier. One of the recommended uses is as a makeup primer, this would be a super light primer – I am unsure if it would really do anything? Overall, definitely an interesting product – I don’t love that the full-size comes in a jar…? The tube is just easier to use and if you wanted to use this on the body then a tube would be way better. This brand is cruelty and paraben free – is that still a thing? Are we still anti-parabens? Who knows anymore.
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