February 23, 2016

Sephora Favorites - Quench Your Skin [Value Gift Set]

Dry skin + winter + furnace heat = even more dry skin! Lately when I've been applying foundation, I just look so dry! I'm not sure what it is because I use pretty moisturizing products, and when I'm not wearing makeup, my skin doesn't feel dry and looks moisturized. The primers I use don't really help, exfoliating before doesn't help, if I use a dewy foundation, I still look dry, but greasy.. how does that even make sense!?

I decided I needed to try a face oil. An extra layer of moisture may do the trick. Even adding a few drops to my moisturizer or foundation when I apply it would help! So I went on a quest to find an oil that I could use. Now on that quest, I looked on Sephora's website, and I found this "Quench Your Skin" value gift set. I decided instead of investing in a larger bottle of facial oil, I would purchase this value set and maybe find something great I would have never tried before.

This is the kit itself. In the top left hand corner, it says it is $48US/$59 Canadian.. with a value of $147US ($180 Canadian!) ... Again, I only really ordered this because of the Fresh Seaberry Facial Oil (it has lots of good reviews and recommendations) and the smaller size was sold out. I wasn't ready to invest $60+ in a larger bottle if it's not going to work for me. Luckily, the smaller sized bottle that was showing sold out, is included in this set, and I get 11 other sample items to try out.. for pretty much the same price as the larger facial oil. I count this as a win, because there are some exciting looking products in here!

There's another look at all the contents taken out of the box. Sephora actually lists in the item description everything that is included...
- 1 oz First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
- 1 oz Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
- 1 oz Too Cool For School Egg Cream Sheet Mask
- 0.68 oz Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream
- 0.51 oz Boscia Sake Treatment Water to Hydrate and Brighten
- 0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask
- 0.5 oz Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil
- 0.35 oz L'Occitane Pure Shea Butter
- 0.33 oz Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil
- 0.33 oz Belif The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb Deluxe
- 0.3 oz Dr. Jart Ceramidin Oil Balm
- 0.17 oz Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream

As you can see, there's a fair bit of variety in here, so let's take a closer look at everything!

Face Oils

Full size is 1oz. Regular price is $85 Canadian, but on sale right now for $68 Canadian.

What it is:
An ultra-sheer, skin-saving oil that instantly revives and smooths texture while providing powerful antioxidant protection.

What it is formulated to do:
Progenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil is an all-natural, featherweight formula featuring bakuchiol—nature’s answer to retinol without the negative side effects. It helps repair and refine texture for satiny, flawless-looking skin. Coleus root and organic rosemary extracts, nature’s best purifying ingredients, work to clarify the complexion. A potent botanical complex boosts skin moisture, and virgin, organic, cold-pressed rose hip oil nourishes with omegas 3 and 6 and vitamin C. Antioxidant-rich ingredients provide environmental protection, making this a true lifesaver for everything your skin faces on a day to day basis.

This oil also has some decent reviews, and I decided to pull this one out first and put it to the test. It's only been a few days so I will get a full review up once I feel I have tried it long enough! This does have a little bit of a scent to it, which reminds me a lot of the Dr. Jart ceramidin products. It's not overpowering though.

Fresh - Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil - 0.5oz is $22 Canadian, Full size (1.6oz) is $63 Canadian.

What it is:
A soothing face oil packed with restorative omegas and seabuckthorn oil to preserve a youthful appearance.

What it is formulated to do:
Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil is a precious blend of pure oils—seaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almond—packed with restorative omegas to maintain a youthful appearance. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly for a boost of vital moisture, while vitamin E works to maintain the skin’s elasticity and smoothness. This powerful antioxidant protects the skin from aging free radicals, leaving your complexion soft, smooth, and refreshed.

This oil came to me as the most recommended. It also has some good reviews! I can't wait to give this one a try! This also has a slight herbal scent, but I can't see it bothering me.


Korres - Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturizer - this can only be found on the US Sephora site, which is kind of sad if I end up loving it! Full size is 1.35oz for $38 USD.

What it is:
A cream that moisturizes and brightens the skin.

What it is formulated to do:
This cream is formulated with a range of ingredients that moisturize and brighten the complexion. Wild rose oil, a natural source of vitamin C, helps repair the look of fine lines and skin discolorations. Imperata-cylindrica extract, derrived from a desert plant, is known for its ability to provide continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium of the skin.

This has a light scent of roses, but I can't see it being irritating. I'm a little sad that this can only be found on the US site, because that's not really good to us Canadians. Anyway, it feels a little thicker, and apparently can look a little greasy if you apply too much, but either way, I'm still excited to try it. Rose products are generally good for people with dry skin!

First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Cream - 2oz $15 Canadian, 6oz tub for $37 Canadian

What it is:
A super-emollient cream with a spectacular whipped, non-greasy texture.

What it is formulated to do:
This Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration is a thick, rich, emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. This cream is for anyone with severely dry, scaly skin due to harsh winter weather, aggressive cosmetic treatments, or any of the following conditions: atopic dermatitis, irritant eczema, allergic eczema, and keratosis pilaris. With the help of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil, and ceramides, Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration provides immediate relief and visible improvement for distressed skin. The FAB Antioxidant Booster defends skin from free radical damage and the cream deeply hydrates with exceptional penetration, providing immediate relief and visible improvement. The cream is immediately absorbed into the skin and can be used all over the body and on the face. 

I've used this in the past and I wasn't a fan of it. It never really absorbed into my skin, and it would ball up if tried to put anything on top of it. I think it may have even broken me out a few times. It turned into a hand/body lotion for me. So that will probably happen again with this one.

Belif - The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb - again only available on   0.84oz is $22USD, and 1.68oz is $38USD

What it is:
A comforting moisturizing cream for normal to dry skin types that provides the skin with intense hydration, leaving it supple, smooth, and deeply nourished.

What it is formulated to do:
The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb is a comforting moisture cream that provides the skin with intense, soothing hydration. Clinically tested to provide up to 26 hours of moisture, this uniquely indulgent formula leaves skin soft, supple, and deeply moisturized. This formula contains a blend of apothecary herbs, including comfrey leaf, a powerful hydrating agent. The cushiony cream format is designed to 'burst' when applied, releasing a flood of moisture onto skin, and then absorb completely without stickiness for a healthy, smooth, supple appearance. 

Another US Only product. Hmmm. I have heard amazing things for this and when swatched on my hand, it really does feel moisturizing! This is another product I really can't wait to try!


Too Cool For School - Egg Cream Mask - 1 mask $8 Canadian, 5 masks $29 Canadian

What it is:
A milky, serum-enriched microfiber sheet mask infused with egg white and egg yolk extract to instantly hydrate for a bright and radiant complexion.

What it is formulated to do:
This hypoallergenic microfiber sheet mask is infused with egg white and yolk extracts to help clarify, nourish, and moisturize skin. It helps firm skin for a younger-looking appearance while removing dead skin cells for a beautifully clean and smooth finish. Featuring a comfortable fit and a silky-soft touch, simply remove the mask after 10 to 20 minutes to reveal a luminous, radiant glow. 

I have seen these Egg Cream Masks on so many Korean Beauty pages, and I have never ever picked one up to give it a try. I love the sheet masks in general, so I will probably enjoy this one. However, I'd look for a deal from a Korean seller because I'm sure they are less than $8 each! And if not, I probably won't ever repurchase just because a $2 mask would work just as well. 

Origins - Drink Up - Intensive Overnight Mask - 0.34oz $5 Canadian, 3.4oz is $31 Canadian

What it is:
A luxurious nighttime mask to quench skin’s thirst.

What it is formulated to do:
Skin depends on water for its youthful functioning. But all day long, skin loses vital moisture and the busier you are, the more it loses. This intense moisture replacement mask with avocado and apricot kernel oil deeply and instantly quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Best for dry skin types, Japanese seaweed repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging. 

Ahh, this moisture mask says to apply it only twice a week or as desired, and to massage onto clean skin and tissue off excess. Is this necessary? I thought it would be more like a sleep pack and you just sleep with it on? Anyone have experience with this particular mask? Please let me know what you did with it in the comments!
And last but not least...

What it is:
A nutrient-rich hydrating gel treatment mask that helps soothe and nourish skin with blue marine algae and other potent humectants.

What it is formulated to do:
Blue marine algae is a nourishing seaweed that infuses skin with nutrients and humectants to help defend against dehydration and prevent future damage. Antarcticine—a unique glycoprotein sourced from Arctic glacial ice—helps skin retain water and protects against water loss in extreme climates or temperatures. Sourced from the Jeju Islands of Korea, tea delivers deep nourishment and abundant moisture. Skin is left instantly hydrated and smooth with a healthy-looking, dewy glow. Over time, as the treatment balances skin’s hydration levels, fine dehydration lines are visibly diminished. 

This is a rinse off mask - which I don't use too often, but I'm definitely looking forward to giving this a try - even if it does say it has algae lol.

I call this section random because there's only really one of each item, and they don't really fall into the other categories!

Boscia - Sake Treatment Water to Hydrate and Brighten - Full size is 1.85oz for $58 Canadian

What it is:
An innovative, sake-infused, Treatment Water that hydrates, brightens, and preps the skin for maximum absorption of treatments, serums, and moisturizers.

What it is formulated to do:
Sake Treatment Water allows for greater absorption of skin care products. It is rich in vitamins and minerals that deliver powerful hydration and brightening benefits to the skin. Formulated with the finest sake grade to deliver powerful hydration and brightening benefits to skin, it works to revive the skintone and texture while it primes the skin. 

I'm not entirely sure where you use this in your skin care routine. Is it like a toner that you use after cleansing face and before applying your ritual? Or is this used inbetween steps? Again, someone let me know if they've ever tried this and when you use it in your routine! Please!

Edit: I checked the q&a section on Sephora and this is supposed to be used as an essence.. good to know!

Dr. Jart - Ceramidin Oil Balm - Full size is 1.4oz for $44 Canadian

What it is:
A multitasking oil that contains condensed ceramide and nine vegetable oils to provide intense hydration and protection.

What it is formulated to do:
This do-it-all treatment addresses dry and dehydrated skin. The unique formula transforms from a balm into an easily-absorbed oil on contact. It then melts into skin for instant, moisture and creates a cera-barrier shield to protect and seal in hydration. Ceramides and plant oils nourish skin without greasiness. This balm is perfect for extra-dry patches or chapped, chafed areas and can be used on cuticles, elbows, nails, and hair to keep them looking and feeling nourished and revitalized. 

I have the ceramidin cream, and I find it does nothing for my skin. I will try using the balm with it to see if it has a better effect on my skin. I've never used an oil balm as a moisturizer before, only to remove makeup, and this doesn't look like this is for that.

Shiseido - Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream - Full size is 0.51oz for $68 Canadian

What it is:
An ultrarich, age-defying cream that visibly improves the appearance of all types of eye area wrinkles.

What it is formulated to do:
This advanced treatment addresses signs of aging in the eye area, including inner corner creases, undereye wrinkles, crow's feet, lid creases, and undereye vertical lines. The WrinkleResist24 signature ingredients prevent future wrinkles and repair existing wrinkles. 

I usually love Shiseido, so I hope I love this eye cream. However, I'm not a fan of the price tag.

L'Occitane - Natural 100% Shea Butter - 0.35oz is $12 Canadian, 5.2oz is $46 Canadian

What it is:
An ultra-nourishing spot treatment that softens even the driest skin.

What it does:
From elbows and feet, to lips, cuticles, and even your hair, this pure shea butter is the perfect deep-conditioning treatment. All-natural and certified-organic, this shea butter is enriched with antioxidant vitamin E for ultimate protection wherever it is applied. This miracle beauty-balm promises to turn dry, dehydrated skin into beautifully soft, supple skin from head to toe. 

This sounds like a great multi-tasker. I will have to give it a try on some dry spots!

So as you can all see, you get a large amount of products, and the value is really there in this set. I'm really looking forward to trying a few of the products, and hope that some of these can replace some of the items I'm using now, that I'm not entirely happy with! Once I start using them more, I will put up some more reviews that focus on the one item at a time. I hope my skin enjoys all of these new (to me) moisturizing products!

*I purchased this with my own money. All opinions are of my own*


  1. I think you made a good choice with trying out the variety instead of going all in on one product. There are so many great products in here! I hope you find some that work for you.

  2. What an excellent and thorough review! I've had this item favourited for a while but hesitated to get it, thanks for this helpful info!


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