Friday, July 10, 2015

Lush’s Jason and the Argon Oil Shampoo Bar Review

I suck. I know. I am horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE. I have been absent for nearly two weeks. There have been a few things to cause this, most of which is house hunting and packing. House hunting sucks. I used to think that would be fun to look at houses, I was so wrong. In a few weeks time, we have looked at roughly 16 houses. We have loved 4. By the time we stepped foot in the house, they already had several applications on it (we are renting, not buying—which means we get to do this again in a few years when we are buying. JOY.) We even got to be the first people to view a house within hours of it being “on the market”, but it already had four applications on it before we got ours in the next morning…FOUR. We kept getting passed over since we had to put in a 30 day notice for our apartment, and apparently, that’s too long of a wait for someone to move in. To remedy that problem, we put in our notice for our apartment. Our realtor told us it would be no problem finding a house we like that is available. Well….It’s a problem. My husband says I am much too picky when it comes to the house. I just want a good kitchen and a garden tub. It’s not like I am asking for 24k Gold toilet seats. Basically, if we don’t find something in the next 23 days, we will be "homeless". I am to the point I want to curl up in a fetal position and cry each time I think about looking at houses. We even have a list of 11 more that we want to look at within the week. ELEVEN MORE. The thought is a little bit horrifying. So, if I am missing a bit in the next few weeks, you know why!

Anywho, I digress. Silly me, thinking you all come here to read about my feelings! HA! Here is what you are really here for….My review on Lush Cosmetic’s Jason and the Argon Oil Shampoo Bar!!!
I was “blessed” with baby-fine hair, but I have bountiful amounts of it and it’s a bit dry on the ends, I can thank my mother’s Greek half for that one. Blow drying, straightening, and curling almost daily doesn’t help either.  The biggest struggle I have with my hair type is getting the right mixture of moisture that won’t completely weigh my hair down.
I have tried several different shampoo and conditioner pairs that all promise the same thing – “high volume” without dried out locks. They all lied. Once I was done blow-drying my hair, I looked like a blonde Magenta from Rocky Horror. Definitely not a cute look for me, unless it’s Halloween.

Description: From the Lush site, On a quest for stronger, shinier, softer hair? Look no further! This luxurious Rose Jam-scented bar will satisfy all your hair aspirations and more. Gorgeous Moroccan argan oil in a moisturizing glycerin base leaves hair smooth and shiny, and our fresh and sophisticated lemon-rose perfume will linger in your locks all day long. This solid self-preserving bar will last for up to 80 washes (that’s the work of three bottles of liquid shampoo!) and requires no packaging.

Size/Price: $9.95 for 1.9oz

Review: As the name suggests, it’s made with Argon Oil, which is a great oil to have in your beauty arsenal. It smells absolutely divine, just like their Rose Jam shower gel that is available during the Holidays. It does smell a bit sweet, but in a very pleasing way. The scent does stick around for a while, but it’s not overpowering. The bar is also a pretty pink! I mean just look at that color! I am a sucker for pretty products The argon oil has also changed my hair for the better! The first couple of shampoo sessions I used this product, my hair was a little bit oilier than I expected, nothing a little dry shampoo didn’t fix. (If you need a good dry shampoo, check out my last post!) By the third use, my hair and scalp were used to the product and the results were marvelous. My hair was very shiny and had some nice bounce! My husband even said it was softer than normal, and you know how those husbands rarely notice things like that! This product might even be working its way into the Holy Grail Shampoo spot for me. It is THAT good.

Keep in mind, because of all of the oil that is packed inside this tiny little gem causes it to be a little bit on the soft side, so if you drop it or anything, it could break. It also has a tendency to break into smaller pieces as it gets thinner, but that goes with all of the Lush Shampoo Bars I have used.
As much as I want to sing only the praises for this shampoo bar, I have noticed one thing. Now that things are warming up here in the Dallas area, my hair is starting to lean a bit more on the oily side. Because of the argon oil in this shampoo, I am finding this might not be the best shampoo for the summertime. My hair tends to get a little bit oilier by the end of the day and more dry shampoo is needed. I might just reserve this as my Fall/Winter/Spring shampoo. I will update you more when it gets to be 100° every single day! Also, the description says it lasts 80 washes – or 3 bottles of shampoo, I would have to disagree with this statement. I have to replace this after ever 30 washes or so. Even with all of that, I would give this product a solid 4/5 stars.

Have you tried a shampoo bar before? What did you think? What brand/kind is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! 





Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dry Shampoo Showdown - Round 1



It’s finally summertime! That means time for warmer weather and sweatier locks! This is the perfect time to talk about one lifesaving hair product, Dry Shampoo. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver, the one beauty product I could never live without – EVER. That’s right ladies, I would choose dry shampoo over mascara or lipstick! Dirty hair is a big no-no, at least in my book. Because of the hair genes my daddy-o passed on, I have fine, blonde, oily hair. Shampooing daily is obviously pretty time consuming and has a tendency to strip your hair of the natural oils. When that happens, your scalp tends to over compensate causing more oil production, which is not the best thing for us oily haired gals and guys! While daily shampooing might be the right choice for some, its not the answer for me. I found giving a few days between shampooing (using dry shampoo between) has really helped a few things: My hair has adjusted to the oil. I can go 3 days, sometimes 4 without having to shampoo my hair (Don’t worry! I still shower on the regular!). Since I don’t shampoo as often, that means I don’t blow dry as often. My hair is much less damaged, softer, shinier, basically all around healthier. I will admit, I am little bias and lean in favor of Batiste dry shampoo. This is the first brand I tried, and from day one I fell in love with it. But, being that I am a product hoarder connoisseur I had to see what else is out there. I didn’t want to be tied down to one dry shampoo if something greater was out there.  In the hunt for the dry shampoo I will take home to momma, I have tried many products. Here I give you a rundown of the more recent dry shampoos I have tried.

With all of the below dry shampoos, I used the Shine Brush by the Wet Brush company to brush all the dry shampoo through my hair. This works wonderfully to help distribute the dry shampoo and work it into your scalp. I highly recommend it! 



Size/Price: $5.99 for 7 oz

Review: I recently purchased this dry shampoo on a trip to Target, I had heard great things about it and even saw it on a “Best Dry Shampoo” list, which you can see here, and I had used other products from the brand that I had liked. I had such high hopes for this one. Sadly, my hopes were dashed down when I got home and tried this product out. The smell was very clean, not anything particularly good or bad, just clean. This didn’t soak up much oil on my hair, it just seemed to make it a bit grimy feeling and hard to brush through since it was such a knotty mess! I had to take a shower right after using this product to wash my hair, which defeats the whole purpose of the product! The bottle says it’s supposed to leave a matte finish, but it left my blonde hair looking a bit grey and very dull. It was pretty bad. I have even warned all my close friends to never ever ever try this product. I would give this 1/5 stars.








Size/Price: $5.99 for 4.3 oz

Review: I thought the NYM Clean Freak was the worst Dry Shampoo I have ever tried, but boy, did this one take the cake. I was in desperate need for a dry shampoo while away from home, and this caught my eye. I use other Tresemme products that are pretty good, so I gave this one a chance. Typically, when I buy a new product, I look up reviews. I made the mistake of not doing that this time since I was so desperate…BIG MISTAKE. Upon spraying this on my hair I did wonder, “Is there any powder in this dry shampoo?” because it looked like it was lacking that component. My roots were very, wet? Not what I expected from a dry shampoo. After letting this product sit on my roots for 10 minutes as I do with all dry shampoos, I tried to work it in to my scalp. Worst. Idea. Ever. I ended up with a rats nest. This product made my hair very greasy, heavy and felt super dirty. It even looked dirty. It looked worse than when I started. Complete opposite of what I am looking for in a dry shampoo. I had to shampoo my hair twice with some serious scrubbing to get this product out of my hair since the buildup from one use was so bad. I still have nightmares about this dry shampoo. Terrifying. This product gets 0/5 stars. Yikes!





Size/Price: $6.95 for 1.9 oz

Review: Lush. I am obsessed with Lush. If I had the time, I would get a part-time job at Lush. Seeing that their products lean on the natural side, I felt it was important to give this dry shampoo a try! This is a powder dry shampoo, so no aerosol ruining our Ozone! I felt like I was doing some good! I wanted to love this dry shampoo. I really did. But, it fell a little short of expectations. That’s not saying it was bad, I just wanted to love it as much as all the other Lush products I use! For starters, the price point is super affordable, and after using this dry shampoo for 2 weeks, it looks like I haven’t used any at all, so the bottle could last quite some time. I know this product is only 1.9 oz, and seems like a lot less compared to the other dry shampoos I have reviewed. Since this product contains no aerosol, you get more of the good stuff - the powder!  The smell is killer, and in a good way! It smells of fresh lemons –one of my favorite scents! While this absorbed the oils quite well, there were some issues. It was messy. I ended up with it all over myself, my counter, and my floor. It looked like I tried to make it snow in my bathroom. This product also has cornstarch as one of the main ingredients, which is a little problematic for my fine hair. No Drought did cause a static problem. While this is something I can handle, it’s still annoying, I looked like i had just rubbed a balloon all over my head. The cornstarch also left some small chunky bits in my hair; putting the dry shampoo in my hair at night might help prevent this. If you have thicker hair, it might work better for you. This product gets 3.5/5 stars.




Size/Price: $7.99 to $8.99 for 6.73 oz

Review: The Batiste brand is very expansive and has an option for whatever you and your hair desires. This does go on white, but if you leave it on for 10 minutes or so, massage it into your hair, and then brush you should be good to go! They even have a colored line for you dark and red haired ladies so you don’t have to worry about the white tint you can sometimes see with dry shampoo! They also have a basic dry shampoo that comes in several different scents! I am looking forward to trying their tropical one this summer! Batiste will absorb the all of the oil from the previous day as well as keeping any new oil at bay. I personally use the Strength & Shine product from their line, since I am not the biggest fan of the matte look. This particular one absorbs the oils in my roots, but also leaves my hair shiny and healthy looking, as well as soft to the touch! I also noticed that I can use this product for 2 or more days without much buildup! You wouldn’t be able to tell there is 2 or 3 days worth of dry shampoo on my scalp! The price is also pretty good for the amount and quality of the product you get. The only problem I have with this product is how difficult it is to obtain. I either have to go out to Ulta or Kroger, neither of which are guaranteed to have the Strength & Shine one, or order off line if I ever remember earlier enough (Online is a lot cheaper! Nearly $2.00 off!!) You can also find the line for buy one get one 50% at Ulta fairly often! I would give this one a solid 4.5/5 stars!





Size/Price: $3.49 for 5 oz

Review: By the time I got to this dry shampoo in my little experiment, I felt pretty defeated. I hadn’t quite found anything that stood anywhere near the dry shampoo I currently loved. The first day I tried this dry shampoo, I was impressed. I thought this one might just end up being pretty decent. I even told my husband that “this shampoo might come to a close 2nd to my favorite dry shampoo”. The smell was very fresh and not overpowering at all. When I sprayed the product in my roots, the powder seemed fine enough to work into my hair quite nicely! I can usually tell with the 1st spray of dry shampoo if it is going to work for me or not. This blended into my hair very nicely and absorbed the oils on my scalp. I was pretty confident this might be a winner in my book...until later that afternoon. While it absorbed the oil from the day before, it did not keep the days new oil away. My hair looked a little greasy around the front of my head, where I tend to touch my hair the most. Not a big issue and definitely not a complete deal breaker. That of course came the next morning when I tried to go the 2nd day without washing my hair. This is where things went wrong. The shampoo wouldn’t blend into my hair, and just left an awful white powdery sheen on my hair. I believe this was due to the build up from 2 days.  My hair also felt much dryer than the previous day. My hair was also very weighed down, opposite of the volume dry shampoos are supposed to give your hair! I would give this product a 3/5 stars.





Size/Price: $22.00 for 5.3 oz

Review:
I received a sample of this in my Birchbox last month and was super excited to give this a try! I had used previous Amika products and they were all fabulous! I tried this on day old hair, so there was no previous dry shampoo lingering to tip the scales. I was particularly oily that morning so it was the perfect opportunity to test this product out. I did a few sprays on my scalp and let it sit for the normal 10 minutes. The smell of this dry shampoo was amazing. I think that was my favorite part! Once I massaged it in and brushed it out, Amika took care of my oil like a champ and also made my hair feel pretty darn soft! The brand claims the dry shampoo contains "antioxidant and fatty acid-rich obliphica oil" that is meant to strengthen your locks while also helping with shine and split end repairs! While I didn't use it long enough to verify the strengthening and repairing qualities of this, it did give my hair quite a bit of shine. It even kept my oil at bay for most of the day and kept up to expectation on the 2nd day of use! My only issue with this dry shampoo is the cost for how much you get. At $4.15/oz of product, the price is pretty steep! You only get a little over 5oz of product and when compared to others on my list, that could mean the difference of at least one weeks use! This product gets 4/5 stars!



And the winner is.....





You should have seen this coming! I basically wrote a love sonnet for this product above! The cost for the quality of the product was what tipped the scales in the favor of Batiste. Amika came to a very close second, but again, the price was what knocked it out in this race. Since this is a product I use often and go through quite a bit of it, economic value was clearly something that is important. I can go through 1.5 to 2 cans of dry shampoo in a months time, so that could rack up quite the bill for a dry shampoo as pricey as Amika!


I will be trying out some more dry shampoo brands and will soon have a Round 2 (and beyond! Do you know how many brands and types of Dry Shampoo there are?! I was amazed when researching!) Do you have a favorite dry shampoo, or a dry shampoo you are interested in? Let me know in the comments! It very well could make it into my next round!











Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tarte Makeover Event Recap


I have seriously been slacking on my blog this week, and for that my dear readers, I apologize! House hunting is absolulty killing me, and all of my time. I never thought in a million years this would be such a difficult task! Any house I have found and liked, is GONE within hours. Its frustrating. Time consuming. Stressful.

I digress! Last weekend, Shalott (Shalittle.com) and I were invited to an event hosted by Tarte at the Hulen Ulta in Fort Worth, for the ability to try out their products and get some super fun makeovers!



The event was on the smaller side, but, I personally prefer that! We weren't packed in there like sardines! It was a lot more mellow than other events I have been to in the past, but it was very relaxing getting my makeover! I felt pampered! 

I was not new to Tarte products at all! I love their lipstains, their blushes, and their mascara. I even converted my mom to a Lights, Camera, Lashes fan- and she's much harder to convince than me! 




After some browsing and excess swatching - hello hand stains! - it was time to get our makeover on using exclusively Tarte products! My fabulous artist, Samuel, wanted me to give contouring a try! My thought was "Why not? He's a professional", especially since I royally screw it up every time. I look like my son does after playing in the dirt.





I was seriously impressed with the final results! I had definition in my cheek bones, something I haven't seen much of since the dreaded pregnancy weight gain 6 years ago! Samuel even walked me thought the steps he was taking so I could replicate it at home. While the contouring isn't something I would do on a daily basis since I like to wear much more natural makeup for work, I will definitely pull this out of my back pocket when I want the "Dammmmnnn, girl! You sexy!" feeling for a night out on the town!

My wonderful artitst, Samuel and I. He was great! I just wish I could take
 him home with me and have him do my makeup on a daily basis!

The products used for my makeover are as follows:

Mararuja Creaseless Concealer in Medium/Neutral 
Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in Medium/Neutral (This made me break out pretty bad! Oh no!)
Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
The Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush



Shalott and I with one of the Tarte artists, Melissa. 


My favorite fellow blogger, Shalott!



I am glad that the Manager of this Ulta, Misty, reached out to us to join in on the fun! Tarte cosmetics has always been one of those brands that I just drooled over as a younger teen and love to this day! I am glad I got to try some products that I hadn't had a chance to try! I also just want to hoard more of their lip stains, blushes, and now cheek stains! I am a sucker for those types of products!

We also got an awesome Swag Bag from Tarte! I will review those products as I get to try them out a and give you my opinions!!

Have you tried any Tarte Cosmetics products? If so, let me know your favorites below in the comments.



Monday, June 8, 2015

It Cosmetics Ulta Meet & Greet


This is a late post, but last week was kind of a blur it was so busy! My main squeeze was out of town for work, so I was left with kiddo duty all week, plus it was my birthday, my son’s Pre-K Graduation, and we have been house hunting! I still don’t know how I fit sleep in there anywhere. Nonetheless, here I am with a recap of the second part of the weekend – the IT Cosmetics Meet & Greet at Ulta! Check out the first part of the weekend here!
Shalott, from Shalittle.com, and I drove out to the Ulta in Southlake for this fabulous occasion. The purpose of this meet & greet was to introduce people to the IT Cosmetics line through makeovers as well as the opportunity to meet Jamie Kern and the other amazing ladies from the IT Cosmetics team.
Upon walking in to the store, you could just feel the excitement and energy coming from all the people there for their complementary makeovers! This was the busiest I have ever seen an Ulta store – even busier than the 2 days before Christmas! The busyness of the store added to the exciting, lively atmosphere of this event!


 This picture doesnt even show a quarter of the people there!

After only a few minutes of waiting, we were able to be seated to get our makeovers started! Since I came in make-up already, they had me remove what I had on so they could start with a clean canvas. My makeup artist asked what I looked for in products and what I was trying to achieve with makeup. Being that I don’t remember what sleep is since having a child, I noted that I wanted to cover up my dark circles and generally lighten up my dull complexion – both side effects of my lack of shut eye.
My artist was very knowledgeable about the IT Cosmetics products, and definitely gave me the look of 8 hours of sleep with a few swipes of her makeup brush. I was blown away!



Here is me after my mini makeover. I completely forgot to snap a “before” picture. I had a little bit of light contouring done, and I was blown away by the results. Since I choose to “Embrace the Paste” and am super light all year, the thought of contouring terrified me a bit. Anytime I tried it, I looked dirty. Not cute. But the product she used was light enough, it was subtle but still made a difference. Now to achieve the look on my own-that is the challenge! And can we talk about that brow game?! I can never make them look that fabulous! 

Products used for my makeover (all IT Cosmetics products, of course!)
Foundation: Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Light
Concealer: CC+ Eye Physical SPF 50 Color Correcting Concealer in Fair
Powder: Celebration Foundation in Fair
Contouring/Blush: Vitality Brightening Anti-Aging Face Disk
Brows: Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Lips: CC+ Lip Serum in Live




Shalott and I with our lovely makeup artist!

Us with Des from It Cosmetics. We got to enjoy her wonderful company the night before at the VIP Dinner! 



We even got to meet Compacty, one of It Cosmetics “mascots” – Brushy, the company's other mascot, was at another event for the weekend! This picture shows I don't make normal faces in pictures. Kind of awkward-that's me!


Des got in on the Compacty picture fun! 


After our wonderful makeovers, we did some browsing, mingling, and of course some purchasing of the wonderful products! Unfortunately, we missed It Cosmetics' creator, Jamie Kern Lima, during the event...bummer! The event was still an absolute blast! 



I will be trying out all the products I got from my It Cosmetics weekend adventure and I will share my thoughts and swatches! Keep an eye out! 




Tuesday, June 2, 2015

IT Cosmetics VIP Dinner


This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to a very special VIP dinner hosted by IT Cosmetics , along with fellow Dallas bloggers! The dinner included some divine food, champagne, fabulous makeup, and some incredibly fun company at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck atop Reunion Tower in Downtown Dallas. We were also treated to makeovers and a meet & greet with the Co-Founder, Jamie Lima.

Being so new at blogging this was my very first experience like this, and let me tell you it was a great first experience. The night started off with some wonderful appetizers, that unfortunately I did not snap pictures of! The tables were also decorated with some of IT Cosmetics products! Adorable!

Once we sat down for dinner, we learned more about the company and their products. I had known of the company prior to this due to the New Beauty Test Tube last spring. I received one of their fabulous brushes, which made me want to try the other products! I ended up learning so much more about the company, the products, and the company’s Co-Founder, Jamie Kern. I love that the company acknowledges that you don’t have to have perfect skin to be beautiful! Jamie works with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to create her products, ensuring they assist in solving your skin concerns, rather than just simply covering them up! I love that!

 




The beautiful and lovely, Shalott, from Shalittle, and I had to take a selfie - of course!



The menu we were able to choose from. Deciding what I was going to eat was quite a tough task. It all sounded so delicious! 



I chose the Pan Seared Atlantic Scallops for my main course. There aren't enough words in the world to describe  how delectable these were. They were cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful. Scallops are a hard dish to cook, they nailed it! I just wish I had more on my plate! 


The desert I decided on was the Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake. This also did not disappoint. The cheesecake was the perfect texture and tasted like heaven. The strawberries on top added nicely to the flavor without being too much. Can we also just talk about the lavender granola they put on as a garnish. It was all a win in my book!


The dinner was scheduled for 7pm-9pm, but we stayed until after 10:00pm. The ladies seem to be so passionate and knowledgeable about the work they do that I felt just memorized by what they had to say, without even realizing three hours had passed. The IT Cosmetics team were some of the most genuine women I have ever met in the beauty industry. At the nights end, they also gave us an amazing goodie bag filled with some wonderful products!


I am so eager to try each one of these products and let you know what I think about them! Reviews and swatches coming soon! I can't even tell you what I am most excited about to try the most, since I am excited to try all of it! 


I am so appreciative that the IT Cosmetics ladies included me in this event, as this was an amazing experience that I will always remember! Having that many ladies in one room all passionate about sharing the world of beauty was truly a powerful thing.

For my next post, our adventure to Ulta Southlake for some fabulous fun makeovers and Meet & Greet with the It Cosmetics team!





Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pacifica Coconut Water Face Wipes

This isn't going to be a review so much as a love letter of sorts. I found these randomly at target a few months ago and I thought they looked really great. 

Product Description: From Pacifica's website, "Clean skin is an absolute for anti-aging.  Coconut water infused natural towelettes gently cleanse your face while removing toxins, oil, pollutants and make-up* from your skin without water. Papaya, a natural exfoliant, helps revive skin and remove dead cells. Aloe vera and calendula soothe and calm. These skin-loving wipes are an indispensable part of your daily routine for healthy skin. Anytime, anywhere."

Size:  One pack comes with 30 pre-moistened biodegradable facial towelettes in a sealable bag.

Price:  $7.99

Review: I have very sensitive skin and so I was super excited to try something with natural ingredients whose main ingredient is coconut oil. I've read so much about the benefits of coconut even as a make up removing tool but I was pretty skeptical of just applying the oil directly to my face as some beauty gurus suggested. These have all the benefits of using coconut oil as a make up remover without having to deal with the messiness of it. They are gentle, but still take off makeup. They don't burn like most face wipes. And they smell amazing. Plus they are all natural! I don't think I'll replacing these anytime soon. Five stars!!! 

UPDATE:  I found these at Sprouts for $2 less than anywhere else! Only $5.99 making it an even better steal in my mind!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream Review

Being a Hockey Mom means I have to spend a lot of time in cold temperatures. It's like winter all year round. We spend several days a week at the ice rink, and as weather gets warmer here in Texas, my skin pays the price more every day. The change from warm to cold in such a short time span zaps any moisture out of my skin, specifically my hands. I went on a hunt for something that would moisturize my skin better than your average drugstore lotion. During a quick trip to Sephora, I was told to Josie Maran's Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream a try since the Argan Oil would bring moisture back to my hands and elbows, the places that suffer the most.





Product



Description: From Josie Maran's website, 100% Pure Argan Oil, whipped to buttery perfection with rich shea butter, will soften you up in no time. With hydrating macadamia nut oil, anti-inflammatory chamomile and green tea extract, and nourishing carrot seed oil, it’s the most luxurious cream ever, hands-down.




Size: 2.37 oz


Review: I was a bit skeptical that this would actually be the cure all for my dry hands. When I tried this in the store, I was very pleased, and somewhat surprised, with how creamy and moisturizing this was right off the bat. The hand cream melted into my skin quickly, I would guess this was due to the argan oil and shea butter that has been whipped into the hand cream. It also didn't bead up when rubbing it in, a issue experienced with other "moisturizing" hand creams. I was sold on how amazing this product was that I now have two travel sizes (limited edition, no longer available) in my purse, one in my car, and a full size on my beside table. I also keep at least one on hand as a spare for when the others run out. This only comes in one scent right now, Vanilla Apricot, but the smell is nice and not too heavy. The Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream does run on the more expensive side, but it's well worth the splurge! Only a small amount is needed each use, so the tube lasts a while. I would give this product a solid 4.5 stars!