Thursday, February 6, 2014

Facial Freebie!

First: quick apology for being away so long. The flu bug hit this family like a ton of bricks. We're finally recovering and life is getting back to normal. Phew.

This last month I was asked if I wanted to test out Collin Intensive Exfoliating Gel for Skin 1 and review it for my readers. As a former reporter, it's pretty ingrained in me to disclose pertinent details so my readers don't get the wrong impression. feel like I'm being sneaky. I received the product free for my review. My review is an honest as possible. I'm not a professional makeup artist or skin care person, so it's pretty much just what I thought of it.

I have been using Collin Intensive Exfoliating Gel for the last month and I really like it for the most part. There were a few things I wasn't super psyched about and a few things I really liked.

The smell was a little odd. It doesn't smell bad, just sterile. I'm admittedly a wierdo about smells so most people probably won't care. 

This is not a con so much as trial and error/lack of following directions on my part: The directions say you should use it one to three times per week. I opted for three times, which worked great for me. However, I do not suggest using it two days in a row. It burns a little bit if you do. 

Directions were a little confusing to me. I'm not hip with facial techniques and I still am not sure if I was using it right. 

The directions read:  "Use after the cleanser (used it after my own), apply a generous layer. For optimal exfoliation, let the product work for 10 minutes.. For toning affects allow to dry. Humidify with fingers, massage and rinse.

Now, I have no clue how to humidify anything with my fingers so I just put it on and rubbed it around a bit. It worked okay, but I think the instructions are a little odd.

It was super gentle. Aside for the time I accidentally used it two days in a row, it was super gentle on my skin. I was actually a little worried it wasn't going to work because it wasn't scratchy like other exfoliates I have used.

It worked. As I mentioned above I was pretty convinced it wasn't going to make my skin look any better because it wasn't sandy and scratchy. Despite my ineptness at the directions I noticed that my skin felt much softer after the first use. After the second use my skin was visibly smoother. I always feel like I look dull... maybe because I don't have a very good skin regimen but I felt like the Colin Intensive Exfoliating Gel actually cleaned my skin. 

It was super easy to use. So, the directions are a little confusing, but I put the gel on as soon as I got out of the shower, massaged it a bit and then just let it set while I put my clothes on and fixed my hair. Then I just rinsed it off and finished my makeup. It didn't add much time to my morning routine which was nice 

Overall, I would use it again. I have a hard time finding products that don't kill my face, so I appreciated that it was so gentle on my skin and that it worked. 

Would you like to try it out? I have five free gift certificates worth the value of the product ($38) to give away.  If you are interested, check out the contest form at the bottom of the page for more information. Rafflecopter will monitor the contest to help choose five winners.The contest runs all week.  Winners will be announced on Valentine's Day.


  1. I think the thing I hate most is washing my face at night. I know I have to do it because I won't go to bed with makeup on, but by the time I'm ready to go do my nighttime routine, I'm so exhausted, I barely want to brush my teeth, let alone wash, dry & moisturize.

  2. Right?! I feel the same way. I hate washing my face at night. The only thing I've found that helps is to use baby wipes. They are super cheap and I can always grab one off the nightstand and wipe my face down. Maybe not the best wash but it gets most of the grime off at least (0=

  3. I was a routine that isn't necessary every day :)

  4. My skin gets bugged easy so something that is gentle sound good to me!!

  5. I would love to find something quick and easy that does the job

  6. I wish I can just wash my face once a day.

  7. I hate all the parabens and other questionable ingredients in my face care products and intend to make more of my own out of organic oils and other healthy ingredients.

  8. I wish could a really quick routine at night at bed time, exfoliator, cleanser, moisturizer. My face loves when I pamper it. LOL.

  9. I dislike that my skin care routine takes awhile, I also dislike that I can't really tell if it is doing anything to make my skin better or younger looking.
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  10. I use botanical serums for my eyes and face at night.

  11. I want something to clear up my blackheads.

  12. I would love something to help fix my uneven skin tone!

  13. I have to have something gentle, no chemicals or soap and something moisturizing. Faster and neater would be nice.

  14. I would love to have a skin care product that made my skin feel tingly and refreshed!