Inside: An honest and informative City Beauty products review.
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City Beauty sent me some of their products in exchange for an honest review, so I
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IS CITY BEAUTY LEGIT?
There are many fly-by-night beauty companies out there, so when City Beauty contacted me to try their products, I worried a little bit about whether they were legit or not.
City Beauty is definitely legit.
City Beauty is based in Los Angeles, and they pride themselves on providing cruelty-free products that target specific concerns such as thinning lips, dark circles under the eyes, wrinkles and fine lines, etc.
All of City Beauty’s products are Made in the USA and include a 60-day money-back guarantee. They stand by their products, which means a lot!
I have no problem with the idea of aging (and it’s better than the alternative), but I wouldn’t mind having fresh looking skin and lips in the meantime!
ARE CITY BEAUTY PRODUCTS VEGAN?
City Beauty offers many vegan products. Check out the full list below:
- City Lips – *Except for the red shades as they contain carmine
- Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector
- Under Eye Recovery
- Ageless Moisturizing Cream
- Advanced Eye Cream
- Youth Rejuvenating Cleaner
- Line-Blurring Wrinkle Filler
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CITY BEAUTY REVIEWS
The first City Beauty product I reviewed was City Lips, their signature plumping lip gloss that has won two Good Housekeeping awards.
My lips have gotten dryer as I’ve aged. I also have developed fine lines around my lips, and sometimes lipstick bleeds into those lines and “feathers.” It’s very annoying.
So, I tried City Lips Plumping Lip Gloss in Clear. The clear gloss is great to put on under your regular lipstick.
You apply it, wait 2-3 minutes, and then apply your regular lipstick (if desired) over it.
For long-term results, you need to use it twice a day for 30 days (morning and night).
If you do, you will supposedly notice that the fine lines around your lips have dissipated and that your lips are fuller.
Unfortunately, I cannot remember to do anything for 30 days (I keep trying, believe me!), so I can’t tell you if that part is accurate yet. (I’m setting an alarm on my iPhone right now so I can remember to do it for 30 days and will update this post when I do!)
Instead, I have been using City Lips on and off for about 3 months now and I am very happy with the results. When I use it, my regular lipstick does not bleed or feather and the clear lipgloss makes my lips appear slightly larger.
I’m not sure if it is just the glossiness that makes them appear slightly larger, but in any case, they look fuller, and that makes me happy!
I tend to get chapped lips in the winter, but City Lips puts an end to chapped lips. My lips feel smooth and hydrated and they stay that way all day, even if I’ve wiped off the lip gloss!
Some people have reported a burning sensation from using City Lips (or other plumping lip glosses). I feel a slight tingling in my lips that goes away in a few minutes. It is not unpleasant.
As with any beauty product, some people have had allergic reactions. I’m a fairly sensitive person, prone to allergies, and I have had no issues with City Lips.
City Lips also comes in a variety of colors.
City Beauty sent me 4 of their colored plumping lip glosses to test. My only concern with the colored lip glosses is that I’m not super-adept at putting on lip gloss with a wand. My lips are basically white, and not well defined. It’s hard for me to “stay in the lines” with a wand.
Still, their colors are pretty, so I tried them out.
Red Velvet is my absolute favorite! I wear this one the most.
Pink Nude isn’t my style (I like a bright lip) but I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it!
Mulberry is nice, and it’s one of my favorite colors in “real life”
Scarlet is a drop-dead gorgeous color, but since I have trouble staying within the lines of my lips when I use a wand, I invariably make mistakes, and when you make mistakes with this color, it stains the skin around your lips (But if you are very dexterous and like the color, get it!)
I do love the color, so I need to practice my wand skills a little more.
City Beauty’s HydroMask is a bio-cellulose microfiber sheet mask. Among the ingredients are ice plant and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is one of the best things you can use to hydrate your skin and it’s known for its anti-aging properties.
I swear to God, since I turned 50 I am a hyaluronic acid nut! Are you? It seems to help! If you haven’t used it yet, here is a great article that explains what it is and why it works so well: What Is Hyaluronic Acid And How Does It Work?
One of my main reasons for loving it is because it’s so damn enjoyable to put this mask on and then scare the pants off my sons. I know it’s immature, but it is SO DARN FUNNY!
Aside from the fun factor, I really like
Once the mask comes off, there is still a lot of serum left on my face. It feels great to rub it all over my face and let it absorb into my skin.
The HydroMask is VERY moisturizing. My skin feels FANTASTIC for a few days after I’ve used it. I highly recommend it!
Does it help with fine lines and wrinkles? I can say it at least minimizes their appearance for sure. When my skin is dry (as it is most of the time), my wrinkles and lines are more prominent. When my skin is hydrated, it looks younger and fresher.
YOUTH REJUVENATING CLEANSER
My review of Youth Rejuvenating Cleanser is super-enthusiastic. This cleanser not only works well, but it’s also super-beautiful, which is a bonus.
The Youth Rejuvenating Cleanser comes in a lovely bottle, and it is a GORGEOUS dark berry color. It also smells great, so kudos to City Beauty for coming up with such a sensual product!
All different skin types can use this cleanser, according to City Beauty.
I have VERY dry and sensitive skin, so I was a little skeptical. But after only 3 days of using this cleanser, my skin feels very soft and hydrated.
Sometimes, when I try a new cleanser, my cheeks will get red from irritation, but I haven’t had any bad side effects. My skin feels great!
Another bonus? The City Beauty Youth Rejuvenating Cleanser is made without GMOs, Alcohol, Animal-Derived Ingredients, and other ingredients that many of us want to avoid.
MULTI-ACTION SCULPTING CREAM
City Beauty states that their Multi-Action Sculpting Cream
The Multi-Action Sculpting Cream smells nice and it comes with a cunning little gold spoon. I know only ladies in old novels say “cunning” when describing decorative objects, but that is the only word that describes it.
Being a somewhat disorganized person, I promptly lost the spoon. But you don’t really need it to be able to use this face cream. Just scoop out a small amount of the cream and spread it on your face and neck.
Does City Beauty Multi-Action Sculpting Cream Work?
Shortly after applying Multi-Action Sculpting Cream, the skin on my neck looks visibly tighter and less wrinkly. The difference is astonishing!
When I apply it to my face, however, I don’t see much of a difference. (It might just be my facial skin – it resists almost any cream I put on it).
But the neck effect is so great that I recommended the Multi-Action Sculpting Cream to a bunch of my college chums and they bought it, too.
MICROBIOME NIGHT MASK
The MicroBiome Night Mask is one of City Beauty’s newest products and it is TERRIFIC.
I love it so much that I wrote a whole separate post about it. Check out my MicroBiome Night Mask Review.
City Beauty just launched a product called City Lash. I have sparse eyelashes, so I was eager to try it out.
It is supposed to “minimize lash fall-out, improve lash texture, protect against breakage, and support the natural lash growth process.”
You apply City Lash to your top eyelid, along the lashline. It requires a somewhat steady hand. Make sure to let it dry before you apply your eye makeup!
You have to use it twice a day to see results. City Beauty says it can take 6-8 weeks to see fuller lashes.
Some of the reviews I’ve read online mentioned seeing results with City Lash in 3 weeks. I’m only a few days into using it, so will check back in here later with my results.
** Update: I admit I was a bit skeptical about this product, but I gave it a go and have used it every day for the past few weeks. Even though I haven’t used it twice a day (as they recommend), I am happily surprised to admit that my lashes do look a bit fuller, and I have definitely lost fewer lashes than usual.
If those are the results from only using it once a day for a few weeks, I’m eager to see what happens if I stick to it for 6-8 weeks (twice a day) as they recommend!
UNDER EYE RECOVERY
I have been using the Under Eye Recovery Cream for about a week. So far, I haven’t seen much difference in my under eye area, although it does seem to help with the puffiness that I get after a lack of sleep.
I’ll keep using it for the next few weeks and check back in again to see if it has made a difference with the fine lines and wrinkles under my eyes. In the meantime, I like the way it smells and it feels nice and hydrating on my skin.
My only issue with this product is the pump. You have to press the pump very carefully to avoid pushing out too much product. Other than that, I love the packaging and am eager to keep trying it and see how it affects my under eye area.
APPLY YOUR CITY BEAUTY SKINCARE PRODUCTS IN THIS ORDER:
- Wash face with Youth Rejuvenating Cleanser (morning and night)
- Apply Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector on areas of concern (morning and night). Allow it to dry.
- Apply Uplift Firming Serum (morning and night)
- Then, use your favorite moisturizer and finish off with Multi-Action Sculpting Cream (morning and night)
Note: HydroMask can be added in right after cleansing and before the serums, once or twice a week.
Overall, I recommend City Beauty’s products. The quality is good, and I really like that they are Made in the USA and cruelty-free. The fact that they offer a Money Back Guarantee makes me feel confident that they stand behind their products.
If I could only choose four items, I would DEFINITELY get the Hydro-Mask, the Clear City Lips Plumping Lip Gloss , the Youth Rejuvenating Cleanser and the Multi-Action Sculpting Cream (for my neck!) Those are my must-have items.
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