WEELKY CHEAP SECRET:

Sometimes I will stumble across something that I would of never, ever purchased in a million years. However, I will try it (usually by accident or random sample) and find that I really, really like it. This is one of those products.

I was in the local Walgreen’s (which one? every town has like 50). I was picking up the usual necessities and drugstore faves and couldn’t wait on a drugstore.com order. The nice teenie bopper behind the counter gave me a handful of samples, which I wasn’t aware that Walgreen’s even did this. I went home and looked them over and it was this unknown Merlot brand. I had them stored in my little 50’s poodle “sample and GWP” box. I ran out of my usual favorite Clarins cream and was waiting on an online order. I grabbed a few samples out of the rainy day box. I started to use the Merlot Day Moisturizer. I was really impressed with its texture, smell, etc. Well, I ran out of Clarins and actually decided to buy a jar of this instead.

I had to look Merlot up. Don’t judge them by there looks. It looks like a mail order product but obviously it is carried in some stores (based in El Paso, TX). However, the website does offer free shipping on purchases of $50 or more: merlotskincare. com. There schtick is that everything contains red grapeseed polyphenols and claims to be a super awesome antioxidant for the skin, better than Vitamin E and C. I have read a lot about red wine and its antioxidants. I’m sure we all have, we love to hear positive health news about some of our favorite vices 🙂 I know that we would have to drink like a million gallons a day of wine to get as much of the polyphenols that we need to make our skin look youthful. But, there is some very positive studies our there about applying the grapeseed extract to skin. Many skincare brands add this to their mix, expensive or not. Anyways, Merlot appears to be an “antioxidant” skincare line to protect and preserve. I don’t know if I believe any of it, skincare in general. I mean I don’t know if we can smear some stuff topically onto our bodies for a positive effect. I just know that I want to believe in it and the power of positive thinking is great thing. Worries cause wrinkles and believing that  I’m using a great product keeps me from worrying!

Anyways, It is carried at drugstores and does carry a drugstore price tag which is really nice when I am saving up for a down payment for a house. I got the huge 4 ouunce jar with a “travel” sized bonus for under $15. It is almost a gel cream texture. It is super lightweight, really nice for warmer weather. It absorbs very quickly but leaves my skin feeling moisturized and a bit “cool”.  Usually I would have to use a very heavy cream to get that “taken care of” feeling. But, this leaves absolutely no residue. It also contains an SPF 15 which my Clarins or my other go to, Shiseido, did not have. Another bonus for summer since that is the only time the sun shines in the Northwest. It claims to have no fragrance. I find that hard to believe. It has a slightly fresh, fruity stone fruit or “grapey” aroma. I really like the fragrance. It only “smells” when in the packaging and quickly disappears when the moisturizer absorbs. My makeup blends beautifully over it. I have younger skin so I can’t say that I’ve seen a difference using this stuff as far as wrinkles go. But, my skin does “glow” a little more and I feel my complexion isn’t so dull or blotchy. I have pretty normal-to-dry skin that gets more normal in the summer. This is the perfect warm weather moisturizer match for me. I would say that since is a good “preventive” cream. It is lightweight, contains SPF, and contains antioxidants. Perfect for the 20 to 35 age range.

The downside to this product is that it has butt ugly packaging. But, that is OK. I may be a packaging whore but I know that a product is not worth its packaging. That is the downside for the product though because if left up to me, I would of never wanted to try it because it didn’t look interesting. The cream is also a strange lilac shade in the packaging. It doesn’t tint the skin or anything. I just think it is a weird color for a face cream. But, those things are very minor and quite petty really.

I really like this line and I know that I’ll give the body products a try. I needed a lesson like this. I needed to be reminded that price (or packaging) has nothing to do with a product’s quality or effectiveness. I needed that because I feel broke going through this stupid path to home ownership process.