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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Obiqo Smoothing Eye Cream and Intensive Facial Serum: review + Giveaway!

CONTEST IS CLOSED. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

*Update: Contest end date extended to Monday, March 17th!*

Natural New Zealand brand Obiqo has launched in the US, and anyone who has a complexion in serious need of hydration or a good perking-up will want to take notice. Obiqo boasts ingredients like local sea kelp combined with French sea lavender, proprietary blends of sweet herbs and other natural flora extracts and essential oils.




I highly recommend their Smoothing Eye Cream to anyone who has struggled to find products appropriate for sensitive eyes, allergies, dryness and slack skin around the eyes. It's got a firming effect (but not tight-feeling), and its hydrating anti-aging marine nutrients along with cucumber, chamomile and kiwi really address the parched, often reddened, delicate skin around my eyes. Fragrance-free Smoothing Eye Cream's extremely silky texture makes it versatile for day and indispensable by night. It simply feels incredible, and is also gentle enough to use as a lash conditioner-- I have put this product through every test imaginable and it won't ever irritate or sting my eyes, no matter what. It won't pill, cake, get gloppy or interfere with makeup, either.

I've used a dab of this eye cream blended with a dab of my foundation and concealer to get a glowier, more sheer finish for my makeup. Anything that allows me to wear less makeup with fewer products and look more gorgeous at the end is worth the extra minute to blend a little custom potion. The jar is huge and the price is small comparatively, so you've got some wiggle room to get creative with it! I use it on my cuticles and hands before I go to bed. Sometimes, I also use it on my entire face at night, or during the day blended with a cream highlighter or cream blush. The soft, satiny natural sheen of this cream is undeniably sweet, and it's never, ever greasy, which makes it a perfect playmate for those who really like to marry their skin care and makeup. Once you get a taste of life with this gentle giant among eye creams, you'll feel naked without it. And I don't mean naked in a good way, but in a dry, dull way.




Obiqo's Intensive Facial Serum is a perfect light hydrating and toning serum for any skin type, but it's especially suited to my sensitive, dry skin. It contains anti-aging, regenerating Marine peptides, Hyadisine (their proprietary hydrating complex), and extracts from New Zealand's coastal flora (pohutukawa, kowhai, and mamaku). Its elegant texture spreads easily over the skin thanks to the seaweed extracts, and it takes about 30 seconds to dry, so you have time to work it into your trouble spots extra well before it dries. That may sound like a very small thing to mention, but anyone who has been endlessly annoyed by quick-drying, easily-pilling or heavy, dimethicone-laden facial serums that feels like a mask of product just sitting on the face will find comfort in this texture. It's not going to clog your pores or cause breakouts. This is a soothing, cooling concoction that provides relief to the redness-prone-- I can attest to that. I can't wait to give it a summertime test-drive after being chilled in the fridge.

And now, for the Giveaway!  Obiqo has generously offered a giveaway prize of one bottle of Intensive Facial Serum (1 oz) and one jar of Smoothing Eye Cream (1 oz) to one lucky winner. All you have to do is sign up for Obiqo's newsletter on their website HERE. Then, leave a comment here telling me about your current biggest skin care annoyance. The contest will close on Monday, March 17th at 7pm Central time, and a winner will be chosen randomly, via Random.Org directly afterwards. I will then announce the winner in a new, separate post. Products will be shipped by the manufacturer, and the winner must contact me via email with their mailing address within 48 hours of the close of the draw, otherwise a new winner will be chosen at that time. Draw is open to US readers only.

Gotta have it now? You're in luck, because the prices are very friendly to the wallet, and you can order Obiqo on Amazon as well as their website. You get massive bang for your buck with this brand, so it really feels like you're getting away with something major. I don't know about you, but that's a feeling I'd like to have more of in my life!

[samples provided by Obiqo for my consideration]

22 comments:

  1. My current skincare concern is crepey skin around my eyes :-(

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    1. UGH I hate that! What I like about this eye cream is that it smoothes out the undereye area and hydrates without using a ton of active ingredients that irritate. Good luck in the draw!

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  2. Wow, I would love to try this out! I have bottles and jars of eye creams piling up that I can not use because of eye allergies. I am fine with most eye makeup but a lot of eye creams make my eyes tear incessantly!
    I have signed up for the Newsletter on their site!
    Love your blog - Thanks!

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    1. Hey, thank you for reading! I have a very similar pile of discarded and barely used eye products. It bothers me a lot, actually, because you really can't pass this type of product off to someone else because of sanitary issues. Unless it's in hygienic packaging, of course. Obiqo's eye cream will never be relegated to that pile! Good luck to you.

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  3. My most recent skin care annoyance happened just last week. I tried a sample of a moisturizer and the following day my lips were irritated. That was followed by my whole face breaking out in a rash. For someone who does not have sensitive skin and rarely has skin issues it was not a good time. Needless to say, a cream that is okay for sensitive skin sounds good to me now.

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    1. Hi Poodle! :) Ack! I've never had quite that reaction to a product- how strange that your lips should be the first to cry out. Out of curiosity, do you happen to know why you had that reaction-- which ingredient/s were problematic?

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    2. I really don't know. I'm going to print out the ingredient list and see if I can pinpoint it. It's odd because I've never had that happen. I would always try any sample I had, now I think twice and I'll try a little test area first. If I figure out the culprit I'll let you know.

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  4. My recent problem involves the extra-dry, scaly parts of my hands! (due to this stupid polar vortex.) A chronic problem I have is redness on the face or sensitivity to certain products.

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    1. I have issues with redness too-- and I used to have super dry hands, then I started using the same products on my hands as I use on my face at night. It's been a ritual for years now, and I can't remember the last time my hands felt or looked jacked-up! That's part of why I'm so psyched about Obiqo eye cream- it's a huge 1 ounce jar, so I can steal some for my cuticles and hands easily. :)

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  5. My lips are always cracking. No matter what I smear on them they are always chapped.

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    1. That's a seriously annoying problem. If you're open to a suggestion, I've got one: Hurraw! Balm makes a Green Tea lip balm that is made with hemp oil as well as green tea, so it's SUPER hydrating, healing and soothing. It broke a chappy/red cycle for me, now I don't obsess over my lips- it's nice to forget about them for awhile!

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  6. my biggest problem is that my eyes are super sensitive to eye makeup removers and eye creams. Would love to try this one, it sounds nice.

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    1. It sounds like Obiqo's eye cream would be wonderful for you-- good luck in the draw!

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  7. I have a hard time finding a moisturizing eye cream that doesn't migrate into my eyes. Also, I'm oily and need a good serum, creams tend to break me out. These look great!
    vac 924 at gmail dot com

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  8. The area around my eyes is my worst spot! I have dark circles and crepey skin!

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  9. Dry skin is always a problem for me. I slather on moisturizers. This frigid winter has definitely made it worse than usual.

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  10. Hi! This sounds like a great product as I have sensitive skin & watery eyes. I'm used to having sensitive skin but the watery eyes drives me nuts! Anyway, my current biggest skin care concern is that I'm starting to get fine lines (smile lines) around my eyes. Thank-you! My email is natorama99@yahoo.com

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  11. I actually added the eye-cream to my Amazon cart (to save until I have the requisite $25 cart balance for free shipping!) after your description! I have the worst "allergy eyes," and the awful cold dry weather lately in my part of the world is making everything worse! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. i have a hard time finding a moisturizer(!) for my combo/oily skin that turns dry during weather changes.

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  13. I can't find a moisturizer that is taking care of my dry skin.

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  14. My biggest problem is fine lines under my eyes, I cant seem to find a moisturizer or primer that will stop my concealer from making the lines look worse

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  15. My problem is also the crepey skin under my eyes, little teeny,tiny crinkles....
    boo hoo
    Thanks for this great opportunity sweetie!!

    Sharon

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