by Rosy Day Blog
Peach & Lily SkincareYou should have heard of Peach & Lily skincare by now. Their products are sold at Ulta, but in case you haven’t, they are the skincare line of popular U.S.-based Korean beauty online retailer Peach & Lily (created by founder Alicia Yoon). Essentially Alicia Yoon sought to address skin concerns that weren’t readily available from other skincare brands (like eczema, skincare that is effective yet still gentle for use while pregnant, etc.). She took matters into her own hands and worked the next couple of years developing products for Peach & Lily. You can read more about how it all started in detail here: Introducing Peach & Lily Skincare.
If you are interested, I have previously done reviews on their Glass Skin Refining Serum (their star product), their Peach & Lily sheet masks (including their Original Glow Sheet Mask), and their Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser (great gentle, low pH cleanser). Since the release of their Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser a few months ago, I’ve been wondering when Peach & Lily would come out with any kind of eye product. Looks like they’ve read my mind. Today I will be reviewing the Cold Brew Eye Recovery Stick (released in early August 2019). Why is it called “Cold Brew”? You’ll have to read on to find out.
Peach & Lily is a cruelty-free, toxin free, gluten free, and vegan brand.
Disclosure:I bought this with my own money from Peach & Lily. I was not given anything in exchange for this review. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful. I do not work for Peach & Lily.
Table of Contents- Product Description, Claims, & How-To
- The Ingredients
- Packaging, Scent & Texture
- Product Review & Results
- Final Thoughts
- Other Recommendations & Shop This Post
Wake Up The Eye Area With One Swipe
Product Description:Like its name, this is a cooling eye product - spiked with tightening caffeine and packaged in a stick form. If you have used or heard of the Tony Moly Panda Eye Stick products, this is kind of like that (more specifically the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick).
Product Claims:This is designed to instantly deliver a cooling feeling which can help de-puff eyes. A roster of superstar ingredients work together to soothe, reduce redness, reduce dark spots, make skin brighter & more even toned, plump with hydration, and protect skin from free radical damage & environmental aggressors. A subtle iridescent shimmer is left behind to give eyes a brighter and more awake look. The lightweight formula can be used under and over makeup.
How to Use:As Peach & Lily says, “all you have to do is swipe and glow”. You can also re-apply whenever you need a little pick-me-up.
I personally use this up to 3 times a day. I use a few swipes in the morning and thoroughly blend before topping off with my sunscreen (I make sure my skin is well hydrated before so it doesn’t go on “too chalky”). I use a few more swipes in the afternoon at work for a little pick-me-up (I apply to my finger and lightly pat on so I don’t disturb any light coverage I might have already applied on my eye area). Finally, I use it again at night, but I use it to top off the anti-aging eye cream that I use at night. Although this product is designed for your eye area, if you are traveling and/or short on products, I’ve come to use this as a multi-stick for other areas (not just my eyes). I’ll talk more about this below, so please read on!
Caffeine (& More) For Your EyesYou might drink coffee in the morning to wake up or throughout the day to stay awake and probably haven’t thought too much about caffeine in skincare. While it has been said that drinking coffee can actually make your dark circles and puffiness worse (due to the way caffeine affects your body internally)...The same thing does not necessarily apply when you use caffeine directly on your skin. Applying caffeine to your eyes, helps reduce puffiness and inflammation, as well as help reduce blood build-up from under your eyes (which causes dark shadows). These are all good things to help anyone suffering from dark circles (and other issues it may cause for your eyes). To be fair, I do drink coffee more than once everyday and I’ve never seen my eyes get worse. I have zero puffiness and I have very little shadowing most of the same (mines is due to lack of hydration or sleep).
Some people will tell you that the effects of caffeine in skincare are temporary, but you know what? In my opinion you should be using some kind of eye product twice a day anyway. Long term improvement is obviously great but one can’t expect great things without some kind of maintenance or upkeep...I think that if a caffeine product is good enough to keep my skincare issues at bay (even temporarily) until my next application (about half a day to a day), then I’m good. I’ve been using an eye cream since I was about 18 or 19. I’m 34 now and still barely have any major wrinkles. If you haven’t already, take care of your eyes now because they are often the first place where you show your age (as well as your laugh lines).
I personally have had some good luck using both body and skincare products that contain caffeine, so I can totally understand why Peach & Lily decided to formulate their new eye product around this ingredient. Of course, the caffeine is just a small part of the eye stick and there are much more ingredients designed to nourish and soothe your eye area as well…Here I’ll break down the ingredients in this product to see what types of things might help one to look more awake and recovered.
Full Ingredients List:Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Xylitol, Sodium Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Juniperus Communis Fruit Extract, Aristotelia Chilensis Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Fruit Extract, Rubus Coreanus Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Adenosine, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Cashew Extract, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Biotin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cyanocobalamin, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Sodium PCA, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Diheptyl Succinate, Tin Oxide (CI 77861).
Packaging, Scent & Texture
Packaging:As usual, Peach & Lily always focuses on having good formulations in simple, yet practical packaging, rather than fancy/luxe packaging. I’m always a big fan of simple, yet chic packaging and their products are still quite eye catching with the peachy/coral hues against the very clinical looking white bottles and jars. I don’t necessarily want to pay more for a fancy looking product, if it does zero for me.
This eye stick in particular is pretty unique as there aren’t very many eye products out there that I know of, that come in a stick format (other than the Tony Moly Panda eye products - look them up if you’re curious). If anything, the stick format alone makes this product super convenient for on-the-go or traveling. It looks like it might be a tube of stick foundation or stick concealer from the outside.
Scent & Texture:The product is advertised as having no scent and I guess it doesn’t when you first open it. However after a while and if you really look for it, I personally kind of get some wiffs of cucumber mixed with a bit of something floral (which makes sense as there are some flower extracts in here). But for the most part, it’s not like you really smell anything during and after using the product. You have to actually inhale it and see if you smell something.
As for the texture, it is a pale blue cream in stick form. It glides on smoothly and feels very cooling to the touch. However, it does leave a bit of a matte, powdery finish behind. If your skin is well hydrated/prepped prior to using the eye stick, you should have no issues blending in the product. Otherwise you might complain about it being “chalky”. There is a bit of a shimmer finish with this product (to help with instant brightening), however I found it to be more subtle than the Boscia Indigo Eye Cream by comparison. I have seen someone claim that product this causes pilling. I usually quickly pat this on, and I haven’t had any issues wearing this alone or with makeup over it (I use very little foundation in the first place - almost like a tinted moisturizer). It is also worth noting that I don’t wear concealer, so absolutely no issues with product layering for me here.
Illuminate + Soothe
Brightening: I’ll admit at first I wasn’t sure if this was living up to its brightening claims, but I’m glad that I took before and after photos, as well as examining my face in natural lighting. Believe me everything looks so much better and less severe when you look at it in natural lightening. When I look at myself in bad bathroom lighting for example, it might look like I still have some shadowing (or they’ve gotten worse), but when you go out in bright natural lighting, it actually doesn’t look all that bad. I’ve tested this product for at least 2 weeks and I guess I’ll let the photos below do the talking. The first one is before (I have some inner darkness and my eye area was kind of dry making my fine lines more pronounced). The second one is 2 weeks after (bare face). You can see how more hydrated my eye area looks and the fine lines have softened. The last one is 2 weeks after (with product applied). Do you see a difference?
De-Puffing: I do not have a problem with puffy eyes, so I can’t personally comment on the product’s de-puffing qualities. However my bf does have puffy eyes from time to time, and it seems that cooling products work well to help reduce puffiness for him. This eye stick is no exception and while maybe not drastically, its cooling effect coupled with de-puffing ingredients such as cucumber and caffeine, help reduce any puffiness and/or irritation associated with the eye area. Though my opinion is if you really want a powerhouse de-puffing routine, you should use this eye stick during the day, but at night, use the Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask first (like its a serum), followed by the Peach & Lily eye stick to top it off.
Hydration: I wouldn’t say that this is the most hydrating eye product I’ve used (my eyes get pretty dry), though I do prefer to use heavier eye products at night. For the daytime, the consistency of this product is hydrating enough, plus it’s convenient to re-apply if needed. The product does not sink into my fine lines in a way that it would actually amplify them. In fact, I think that the proprietary hyaluronic acid does a good job of keeping my eye area more hydrated in the long run. Of course, I do re-apply this mid-day but that’s because I just really enjoy the convenience and portability of this stick format. Now, when I’m not wearing makeup, I do pat this on my eye lids. However, I do not recommend using this product on your eyelids if you’re going to be wearing any eye makeup. I tried this once and my eyelids became more oily that my eye shadow wouldn’t really stick on and it kind of slid off easily. This will not act as an eye shadow primer for you, if that's what you were thinking.
Anti-Aging: While there are definitely some anti-aging ingredients in this product, that is not the main focus here and I did not necessarily see any “anti-aging” either. With that said, this product can be good for anti-aging in the long run. Also, I find that as I get older, I kind of have to layer my eye products now to get the most benefits. If you have a more anti-aging eye cream/serum, etc. - I would apply that first, then top off with the eye stick. You still get anti-aging from the first product, plus the cooling and brightening properties of the eye stick.
A Natural Face Highlight
Final Impressions:While I personally enjoyed using this product, I can see why some might not like it (especially the stick format and/or the effects not being “strong enough” for their eye issues). I really do feel like if you don’t have serious eye bags (just “normal” puffiness), you don’t have serious dark circles, and you don’t have serious fine lines/wrinkles, then you will like - even love this product. Those seeking more for their needs, might have to look elsewhere. However, with that said, this product does layer nicely over other eye treatments. You can choose to do what I do and use for example, a more anti-aging eye treatment first (my concerns are eye firming and fine lines) and then layer the eye stick over for cooling/de-puffing/brightening. There is no rule out there that says that you can only use one eye product.
If you use this product a bit more than what it’s intended for (like me), you will definitely get more enjoyment out of it. It will not hit everything out of the park for everyone, but if you’re my “skincare twin”, you will probably like this. For me Peach & Lily has done it again, though I hope they do a more anti-aging eye product in the future for those that have maturing skin and could use some extra firming/volumizing (*hint-hint).
Final Rating = 4/5 as a “multi-stick” (3.5/5 if just used for eyes only)
Other Products To Get Glowing
Products of Interest:There are definitely other cooling/eye stick type of products out there (and probably more affordable too). However, they have not impressed me and woken up my appearance like the Peach & Lily one. Below I’ll suggest to you some products that I’ve found to be perfect for waking your skin up a bit in the morning.
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Photo Credit: Ulta
by Rosy Day Blog
Ultimate Radiant + Natural Glow"Urang" is kind of a masshup of the phrase "Ultimate Radiannt + Natural Glow". It is a South Korean skincare brand with values in honesty and consciousness. It was born from founder, Jina Lee (mother & holistic aromatherapist), who wanted to create something with high-quality natural, organic ingredients that were safe for the whole family. The products are supposed to blur the line between what is actually good for your skin, yet highly effective.
Urang is a cruelty-free, EWG-verified brand with many vegan product options.
Disclosure:I bought this with my own money from OhLolly. I was not given anything in exchange for this review. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful. I am not an OhLolly or Urang employee, however I do have some affiliate links within this post if you wish to click them (they go directly to the OhLolly website).
Table of Contents- Product Description, Claims, & How-To
- Cica x Opuntia Mask
- Rose x Hibiscus Mask
- Final Thoughts
- Other Recommendations & Shop This Post
Fresh is Better
Product Description & Claims:Similar to other sheet masks where the actual mask is kept separately packaged from the essence until it's ready to use, Urang's Love sheet masks really drive the belief that a mask is best when its ingredients are fresh. As usual, these sheet masks from Urang are clean, with natural preservatives and zero harsh chemicals.
How To Use:1. Tear the heart-shaped mask in half (like it's a broken heart), so you end up with two halves (the dry mask in one and the essence in the other).
2. Open the pouch zipper on the dry mask part and pour the essence from the fresh essence part (after ripping it open) into the dry mask pouch. Close the pouch zipper and shake/mix the mask with the essence to completely soak it.
3. Open up the pouch zipper and apply the freshly soaked mask to your face as you would with any other sheet mask. You can keep the sheet mask on your face for about 10-15 minutes before removing. If there's any remaining essence in the pouch, you can apply the rest to your face/neck/arms.
Urang does recommend following with 1-2 drops of Urang Oil serum or cream to maximize results. Personally if you have a facial oil or serum that you really like, you can just put 1-2 drops BEFORE sheet masking to create like a "sandwich" of essences, and then finish off with either the same facial oil or serum after masking, or your favorite moisturizer/sleeping mask.
Urang Love Cica x Opuntia Mask Mini-Review
Soothing & Hydrating for Sensitive SkinThis is the green colored sheet mask. Just like its name, the 2 main ingredients of this sheet mask are:
- 40% organic centalla asiatica (cica). This is rich in amino acids and famous in the Korean beauty community for helping to reduce redness and inflammation.
- 5% organic opuntia humifusa flower/stem (Korean prickly pear cactus). If you've ever used anything from the brand Huxley, it is similar to their Sahara prickly pear. This has vitamin E and K for skin-softening and fatty acids to help prevent wrinkles.
Other interesting ingredients include: lichen extract (fights skin impurities & inflammation), Japanese/sansho pepper fruit extract (encourages cell growth & fights fine lines and wrinkles), Korean pasque flower extract (anti-bacterial & astrigent), calendula (stimulates collagen & reduces dry skin), chamomile/matricia flower (reduces irritations & restores suppleness to skin), and citric acid (promotes skin growth & brightens skin/scars).
Performance: First off this does have a floral scent (no surprise there with all the floral ingredients) with a bit of a "burnt sugar" (sweet) type of after-scent. Don't let my "burnt sugar" description deter you though, it's actually a good scent, like carmelized sugar. Now, the results after using this sheet mask were awesome. It kept my face hydrated enough without necessarily soaking it in essence - meaning any remaining essence I still had left over on my face, was really easy to pat in and absorb.
Sometimes I do not like sheet masking prior to putting on make up, as being oily and in this summer heat, it does make me more oily by the end of the day. This Cica x Opuntia sheet mask did not make me more oily than I normally would had I not sheet masked. As someone who's been focusing more on firming my skin this year, the sheet mask also kept my skin firm pretty much the entire day. When I took my makeup off, my face was still very plump, smooth, and hydrated. My face is slightly less firm on one side due to aging and sun exposure, so if a sheet mask alone can firm this all up, it is a pretty darn good sheet mask! I suspect this is al due to the amino acids in the centella asiatica (my skin has been liking amino acids as an ingredient) and the vitamin E in the prickly pear (my skin has been known to plump up with vitamin E products). As for any sensitivities, my face was slightly red due to some actives I was using the night before, and this sheet mask did help calm that inflammation down (as expected of the centella asiatica). I only bought one sheet mask just to try this out but next time (and when my wallet isn't hurting, LOL) I will buy the full box of this because it's that good. Urang, if you're reading this, please consider an essence/serum version of this. It's just too good to only have as a sheet mask!
Final Rating = 5/5
Urang Love Rose x Hibiscus Mask Mini-Review
Brightening & HydratingThis is the pink colored sheet mask. Just like its name, the 2 main ingredients of this sheet mask are:
- 45% organic rose water. This has been known in the beauty community to not only clarify the skin, but to also reduce irritation and skin puffiness.
- 5% organic hibiscus. This is a powerful antioxidant that brightens skin, purifies pores, and helps increase cell turnover. a powerful antioxidant that brightens age spots, increases cell turnover, and naturally purifies pores.
Other interesting ingredients include: hyaluronic acid, lichen extract (fights skin impurities & inflammation), Japanese/sansho pepper fruit extract (encourages cell growth & fights fine lines and wrinkles), Korean pasque flower extract (anti-bacterial & astrigent), calendula (stimulates collagen & reduces dry skin), chamomile/matricia flower (reduces irritations & restores suppleness to skin), and arginine.
Performance: This has even more of a floral scent compared to the Cica x Opuntia one. In fact, if you've ever used a rose-type of product (like rose water), it smells like that, almost like a bouquet of flowers. Like the Cica x Opuntia one, this doesn't have a bit of a "burnt sugar" (sweet) type of after-scent (it's actually a good scent to me - like carmelized sugar). My face was not drenched in essence right after and it was very easy to pat in and absorb any remaining essence.
If you like floral scents, that's another plus for this sheet mask as well. Although the ingredients aren't quite the same, this does make me curious to try Urang's Rose Essence. This Rose x Hibiscus mask isn't as anti-aging heavy as the Cica x Opuntia one, so while it was not as firming and smoothing to me, it is still a good sheet mask.
Final Rating = 4/5
Fresh + Organic
Final Impressions:Overall I'm super impressed with these Urang sheet masks. They're not just cute to look out (though it makes it more likely to want to try them). They have great ingredients and they actually feel good on the skin.
If you're still on the fence about trying these wonderful sheet masks, OhLolly does conveniently sell a set of one sheet mask each (2 total) so you can try both variations without worrying about buying an entire box set.
Other Products For a Soothing/Hydrating Routine
Products of Interest:If you enjoyed reading this post about the Urang sheet masks and/or are interested in anything similar (ingredients/features-wise), I'll suggest to you some other products that are worth checking out (all are available from OhLolly).
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Photo Credit: Urang