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November 2015

    Paula’s Choice skincare review: Simple, no-nonsense treatments for dry skin & keratosis pilaris

    Paula's Choice skincare review

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    When I was asked if I wanted to try a Paula’s Choice skincare regimen through Pretty in My Pocket (download the free PRIMP app here; it’s a sort of lookbook/shopping list/review panel/beauty newsfeed), my immediate answer was yes!

    I’ve been curious about the Paula’s Choice line for a while, and I wish I had given it a try sooner. The brand is cruelty- and fragrance-free with simple, coordinated packaging, and they actually have a surprising number of silicone-free options!

    The consultation (and how to get 20% off!)

    The Paula’s Choice skincare range is huge, so the brand offers free personal skincare consultations by phone to help customers figure out their ideal skincare regimen. Mine took about 10 minutes, and it made choosing the best products for me super easy.

    Plus, as a Pretty in My Pocket Power Primer, I get to offer you guys 20% off plus free US shipping with the promo code PRIMPFALL20. It lasts until the end of the year, so if you’re looking to update your skincare regimen (or if you need to add an extra product or two for the winter), make sure you do it before December 31st!

    » shop 20% off with free shipping! «

    Paula's Choice PRIMP review

    The hydrating products

    Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner ($17 USD)Paula's Choice Moistsure Boost Toner review

     

    I didn’t love all of the products that I tried, but I definitely liked the Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner! It’s a soothing, scent-free, alcohol-free toner, and it helps boost hydration immediately after cleansing. It’s not a must-have for me, but I feel like it leaves my skin a little smoother; a little more hydrated — in other words, it’s everything that I wish the Cremorlab Beauty Essence was.

    Plus, it’s only $17 (compared to Cremorlab’s $42), so you can’t go wrong!

    Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster ($35 USD)Paula's choice Resist oil booster review

    THIS OIL, you guys. love this oil.

    The Paula’s Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster is packed with plant oils like jojoba, apricot, and borage, and blended with ceramides for the ultimate smoothing treatment. At just $35, I think it may be my new favourite overnight product! It’s not as luxurious and thick as my beloved Po+R, but it’s way more cost-effective ($52/oz vs $247/oz) and my dry skin just loves it.

    For anyone who gets “dryness breakouts,” I recommend this one (not something with actives) as your best option for an acne fix-it.

    Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser ($18 USD)

    Paula's Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser review

    The other Paula’s Choice product that I really loved was the brand’s Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser, which is totally taking over as my new daily cleansing milk. (Sorry, Marcelle.) It’s a measly $2.81 per ounce, and it gets the job done, removing my makeup and the grime of the day without stripping my skin. 

    I’d love to see this one re-packaged to be, uh, a little less boring, but other than that, I have no complaints!!

    The treatment products

    Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol ($37 USD)

    Paula's Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with retinol review

    Okay, so it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. The Paula’s Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer was the first product that I tried, and I… kind of hated it.

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