First, I want to confess that I'm a Jessica fan. Not so much of her music any more, but of all aspects of the J Simps empire. The girl that once wondered about Chicken of the Sea really has great business sense. Her accessory and fashion lines are doing amazingly well, and am a big fan of her shoes. (I have Calie in nude and black and I'm currently trying to not cave on one of the colors for spring. They're comfortable, really well made and soooo cute!)
Now, the former ProActiv spokesperson has teamed up with Nerida Joy to create BeautyMint. Nerida has over 30 years of hands-on experience. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board of New Beauty magazine, was named one of Elle and Self magazines’ top facialists in the country and was the only facialist among 50 dermatologists to be listed as a Skin Expert by Elle magazine. Her clients include Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Beckinsale, Courteney Cox, Tyra Banks, Mia Maestro, Claudia Schi er, Isla Fisher.... You get the idea.
The basic idea behind BeautyMint is pretty much the same as all of the other "Mint" sites. Fill out a survey, get a customized option, and then it will be shipped to you each month. Your skincare is picked by an algorithm created by Nerida and takes your skin type, age, goals and lifestyle into account. Hey, if she can help Hollywood's elite, why can't she help you?
Read on to see what the product options are and what I thought of them.
Essential Cleanser with Aloe
This is a pretty basic cleanser. It is a light yellow tan color, has a bit of an herbal scent and a light lather. It cleaned off my makeup without an issue, though it isn't an eye makeup remover (it can't tackle even regular mascara, use a "real" eye makeup remover for that first). It is a bit less thick than other cleansers, so I had to be careful when squeezing it out of the tube, it was really easy to end up with a week's worth of cleanser in my hands! It didn't dry me out, irritate my skin and I had no afterwash tightness.
Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Chamomilla Recuitita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Cocumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Carbomer, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA
Ultra-Replenishing Serum with Marine Collagen
The Serum appears to be the "mainstay" of the product line, as it is a bit hydrating and is labelled for use in the morning and night. It comes in a pump and is a light white gel/lotion hybrid really, rather than a serum. It feels like and takes a minute or two to absorb. It didn't seem to interfere with my makeup application, though I did think that it wasn't hydrating enough for my combination skin in the winter. I typically applied it last over the products below.
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, PEG-16 Macadamia Glycerides, Propanediol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Alcohol Denat., Soluble Collagen, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tall Oil Sterol, Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Ascorbate, Mannitol, Silica, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491)
Strengthening Hydrator with SPF 15
For me, this isn't really so much a treatment product, it's a way to add hydration after the serum and add SPF. It is a light moisturizer, and alone it wouldn't be enough for me, but after the Serum it is perfect for the winter. I can pick up a very faint sunscreen smell, but it is very subtle and disappears quickly. The lotion sinks in easily and leaves behind no residue, so it is perfect under makeup. It's hard to find a full UV spectrum sunscreen that is lightweight and fine for every day use, so I loved this!
Active: Octinoxate (6.50%), Zinc Oxide (2.45%)
Inactive: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-16 Macadamia Glycerides, Squalane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-150/Decyl Alcohol/SMDI Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Soluble Collagen, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol Denat., Ceteareth-20, Disodium EDTA, Decylene Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica, PVP, BHT, Ethylhexylglycerin,
Renewing Moisturizer with Elastin
While I didn't receive a sample of this product to try, it was included in my BeautyMint profile when I filled out my skin's needs and my goals. I was disappointed that it showed up continually (instead of the Strengthening Hydrator with SPF 15) no matter what changes I made. Which meant if I was to order BeautyMint I would not be able to have a morning lotion with sunscreen. I found this very strange, since I was listing aging as a concern, and the #1 thing you can do to prevent aging is to use sunscreen.
Water (Aqua), Ethyl Macadamiate, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, PEG-16 Macadamia Glycerides, Glycerin, Isopropyl Jojobate, Jojoba Alcohol, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Jojoba Esters, Alcohol Denat., Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Algin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biotin, Tocopherol, VP/VA Copolymer, Amodimethicone, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, PEG-8, Ceteareth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol
Resurfacing Treatment with Retinol
This is a light targeted retinal cream, which I found very easy to use every night (it's the product I applied first). It has a bit of an herbal smell, feels more hydrating than even the lotion during application (though I'm not sure that it does add much hydration), and I had no issues with redness or irritation while using this product.
I did like that it was separate from the other products, so it is easy to titrate your use based on how your skin reacts. Irritation? Back off to every other night or even every 2-3 nights. I usually have to use a retinoid every other night, so finding a formulation that is gentle enough to use every night is great! If your skin is sensitive, this one is worth checking out.
Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olive Oil, Decyl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG- 100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii(Shea) Butter, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 80, Xanthan Gum, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Propionate,
Retinyl Acetate, Retinol, Disodium EDTA, Biotin, Kinetin
Sculpting Treatment with Peptides
This product is chock full of a ton of peptides. It is a clear lotion-gel, but it doesn't feel at all sticky. It sinks in super fast and leaves behind no residue.
(Note that the anti-oxidant here, Tocopheryl Acetate, is the last ingredient in the list. I'm not sure I'd really count it.)
Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Acetyl Octapeptide-3 (SNAP-8), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (Syn-Coll), Pentapeptide - 3 (Vialox), Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Oligo Pentapeptide (Matrixyl), Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Cyclodextrin, Resveratrol, Vaccinium Corymbosum Seed Oil, Squalene, Tocopheryl Acetate
Ultimate Eye Treatment with Shea Butter
This was the more hydrating of the two eye creams, so I busted it out on days that I was particularly feeling the winter weather. It is a white creamy eye cream, it sinks in easily and was great under concealer.
Water, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Avocado oil, Decyl oleate, Cetyl alcohol, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Morus alba leaf (mulberry) extract, Glyceryl stearate, Dimethicone, Sorbitan laurate, Tocopherol, Thioctic acid (lipoic acid), Dimethyl MAE (DMAE), Ascorbyl dipalmitate, Carbormer, Potassium sorbate, Yeast beta glucan
Brightening Eye Gel with Mulberry Extract
This really is more of a gel. It's clear and sinks in quickly, though this was the one product that felt like it left a little bit of a residue on my skin. I didn't feel that it interfered with makeup, though I did tend to use it at night. It is a little less hydrating than the other eye cream.
Water, Polyglycerylmethacrylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Chamomilla Recrutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Morus Alba Leaf (Mulberry) Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Silk Amino Acids, Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Glycerine, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Biotin, Yeast Beta Glucan
I used BeautyMint as my skin care for about 8 weeks, and I didn't notice any big changes. My skin was usually hydrated, though I still experienced the occasional (not always hormonal) blemish and my skin did have some "flares" of dryness since we were in the middle of winter. I fully admit to breaking out my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery to put over the serum on those nights. I like that the retinoid is separate from the other products, but I find it annoying that once your routine is "set" it didn't appear that you could change things around at all. What if you want to add the SPF lotion? What if your skin isn't reacting well?
If you are interested in starting to fight aging and want to let someone else do the product selection, this is a pretty good way to start. There are so many products out on the market today that it can become overwhelming. BeautyMint does cut through a lot of that for you.
Update: I heard back from BeautyMint about my concern regarding the algorithm that they use. They say that if there is a product not coming up in your regimen, you can add it by calling customer service at 888-488-2577 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.