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Supersize Me… At Sephora

Here are some of my favorite supersized picks from Sephora!


What do you guys think? Share your favorite products that you wished had value sizes down below!

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4 thoughts on “Supersize Me… At Sephora

  1. I wish there would be a supersize of my beloved Neutrogena Acne control 3 in 1 moisturizing lotion (2% salicylic acid). Its not an expensive product (7 dollars for 2 ounces) but not cheap enough to use it everyday all over my body.
    Being the most expensive beauty products, more serums should have bigger versions….. Im stil on the search for a good vitamin C serum in a silicon or oil base (I dont trust the unstable water-based formulas and anything with ethanol irritates my skin).

    I found a silicon-based serum with a high percentage of vitamin C, its Skin Organics Organic Super C-15 W/ Idebenone Vitamin Cocktail by Ann Webb (70 dollars for 1 oz.). According to the manufacturer It contains 15% Vitamin C (tetrahexldecyl ascorbate).

    Ingredients: Dimethicone,Cyclomethicone(Silica),Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C)(Oil-Soluble Vitamin C),Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinone,Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A),Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E),Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3),Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil. pH Level: 6.38.

    I asked Nicki but since you dont believe in the silicon entrapment theory and use Paula’s Choice serums, I also want to know whats your opinion about this product and the Orangedaily serum reviewed at futurederm.

    Thank you!.

    Posted by Alejandra | August 6, 2012, 11:22 am
    • Yeah I really like the Neutrogena 3 in 1 as well. It smells really good, but I didn’t get as good results with it, at least for controlling my acne.

      The product you mentioned seems to be quite good, though I wish it had tocopherol instead of the fatty acid form, since it won’t work synergistically, depending on how much is present and converts to pure vitamin E. But if you’re looking for a silicone-based vitamin C treatment, this sounds like a greatproduct! Although, I kind of doubt there’s really 15%, since I’ve never seen it before; usually it’s about 2% of the lipid-soluble form. But I could be wrong. I’d suggest you to try it out, and see how you like it. Make sure it’s packaged properly. 🙂

      Posted by John | August 6, 2012, 11:59 pm
      • Thanks John, you know the Neutrogena product didnt help too much with my “hormonal” or inflamed blemishes but it made a huge difference to diminish the blackeads and improve skin tone, maybe using it along with benzoil peroxide would give better results….

        I just bought the Ann Webb serum, hasnt arrived yet so we will see….I also chose it cause they reveal the vitamin C concentration, so I really hope its not low (Ive always wondered how can we know if these companies are not lying about the ingredients or concentrations in their products if theres no control from the FDA or other authority).
        At least It’s in an opaque pump container so I dont think there will be problems about that.

        Just one more question, whats your opinion about the Orangedaily serum reviewed at futurederm?.

        Thanks again and sorry for bothering you that much, its just I really appreciate that you are one of the few experts (and also a real consumer) with an unbiased opinion.

        Posted by Alejandra | August 7, 2012, 9:22 am
        • I’m flattered by your praise! And I’m happy to answer questions; that’s one of the main reasons I write. I agree that benzoyl peroxide would likely help to reduce your more intense flare-ups, in conjunction with the Neutrogena product.

          And yeah, since cosmetics aren’t regulated by the FDA, you just have to believe companies on what they claim, at least when it comes to how much of a certain ingredient is present in a formulation. Of course, someone with the right equipment could measure the % of certain ingredients… but that’s something the average consumer doesn’t have access.

          As for the Orangedaily serum, I agree with the FutureDerm post, to an extent.

          I don’t like that it’s just L-ascorbic acid, with no stabilizing vitamin E and/or ferulic acid, or other antioxidants in their pure form. I believe I mentioned this concept when reviewing the other serum you asked about. Also, the delivery system isn’t the best, though there are some natural penetration enhancers present in the formulation, such as citric acid and some essential oils.

          However, the biggest “failure” about this product, something that FutureDerm doesn’t even mention, is that because the formulation doesn’t contain water, it has no pH. And since L-ascorbic acid needs a pH of less than 3.5 to adequately dissociate, exfoliate, and penetrate the skin, this serum will basically do nothing in terms of providing an antioxidant treatment. 😦

          I hope that helps!

          Posted by John | August 8, 2012, 5:20 am

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