Review :: My Serum Treatment Empties

I just finished up 3 different serums, so I wanted to share with you my thoughts, results, and if I would buy again.

Shiseido ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate

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This is supposed to have anti-aging and regenerative properties. You are also supposed to use this first to help your other serums work better.

I got 2 deluxe samples of this and just finished my second bottle. Overall it lasted me a month. I can definitely say that my skin felt smoother and felt healthier, but I didn’t see any difference when I used this. I am going to buy the 1 ounce bottle since I believe that would last me 2-3 months to really see how well this product works. I also really like the fresh light fragrance of it.

Grade – B

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen Booster

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Brightening serum rich in vitamin c. Supposed to help with fine lines, wrinkles, brighten your skin and boost collagen.

Ok, I have a love hate relationship with this product. I see almost instant results. (especially the next morning because I only use this at night) My skin feels firmer, healthier, and my fine lines started to disappear. PROBLEM is, like most Vitamin C products it really irritates my face. When I apply it my face gets beet red and can feel a little burny. But the results are so dang good! So I only use this at night. I already bought a replacement, because well, the stuff works. But if you have sensitive skin to be careful. This stuff may aggravate it.

Grade – B+

RADICAL Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum

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This is an anti aging, and high in antioxidant serum.

I got this as a deluxe sample, and was able to use it for over a month. I can honestly say I saw absolutely no change. No bad reactions, no results of any kind. This formula did nothing for my skin. I will not be purchasing this. I am not saying if this is good or bad it just did nothing or me.

Grade – C

 

Those are my empties this go around!

Review :: Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss

I love lip tints, and as apart of my recent Sephora haul (Haul post coming later today) I decided to try out a few of Chosungah 22s Dual lip tints. I have heard amazing things about these tint/gloss duos and I decided to see how they worked for me.

I got the colors Cashmere, and Velvet. But I will be just reviewing Cashmere today, and also give you my overall thoughts!

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First Impressions

First the product has 2 different ends (obviously) one with the lip tint, and the other with the accompanying lip gloss. The applicator for the lip tint is really nice, but the brush for the gloss is MEH. I kinda wish they had matching applicators.

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The tint is watery, and nicely pigmented, you can layer it on for a sweet light berry lip, or darken it with a few layers. It smells slightly of strawberries. The gloss is a very light nudy pink, and it applies ok, but good golly is it sticky.

I decided to wear just the tint first and see how that wore, and then later on add the gloss to it and see how I liked that.

The Tint

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This is what it looks like with one application. Its a very pretty blushing pink/red color.

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Here it is with another application. I tried to layer an additional one more in the inside center of the lips. I like to do that with tints. I dunno I really like the bitten lip look.

With the Gloss

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The gloss kind of smoothed out the color and gave the lips a very juicy look. It also softened the color up.

Overall Impressions

I have mixed feelings. First I ADORE the tint side. it’s a little watery but the applicator is really great so you can get a nice coat on with one or two passes. Its really easy to build on, and it lasts for hours. I only had to reapply after eating a very soupy lunch. However. I can’t stand the gloss. It is way to sticky, I hate the applicator, and it doesn’t do anything to bring out the beautiful shade of the tint. Yuck and nope.

Its $19 on Sephora, and the price isn’t too bad. I got another color (velvet) which I will try later, so honestly if you want a really nice long lasting tint get this definitely (its MUCH cheaper then the Benefit ones, which I also love) You may like the gloss, I dunno I wasn’t a fan. Overall though I did enjoy the tint a lot!

Overall Grade- B

**Tint is an A+ Gloss is a D

REVIEW :: Pink Cherry Blossom Perfume from ETUDE House

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So from my recent ETUDE House haul I got the Pink Cherry Blossom Set. Came with their Play 101 pencils in very pretty colors, hand cream, all over spray and this Eau De Toilette. I really love sweet feminine perfumes and I thought this would be a nice one to try out. The set was inexpensive, and it came with so much that if I didn’t end up liking this I wouldn’t feel bad.

It has notes of Violet, Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Musk and is very very sweet.

First Impressions

When first sprayed out of the bottle this is VERY sweet. Almost sickeningly sweet. And a little goes a long way. One spritz was enough for me to get on my wrists and dab on my neck. Immediately the sweetness mellows out and you get a hint of musk. This exchange of notes right away is really very nice. It is a very candy sweet scent, but the way the notes are playing together it doesn’t feel juvenile (we all know this super sweet perfumes we had when we were 7) I wouldn’t say this is mature, but it  is very playful. The notes go really well together, it is very fresh, sweet and pleasant. And the little hint of musk makes it come together very nicely.

Long Wear Impressions

After wearing this for about 3 hours you have to reapply. This may because I live in a very humid environment, but it is something to consider. It doesn’t immediately dissipate but it is something you would want to reapply if you wanted to smell like this all day. The notes the longer you wear it get lighter and sweeter. You lose a lot of the musk, and get more violet the longer you wear. But it is still very playful, pleasant and nice.

Overall Impression

If you LOVE sweet perfumes this is definitely one to try! Its not an overpowering sweetness, but a very bright and playful sweetness, and the floral and musk in it make it very nice. It does go on very heavy at first, and it doesn’t stay on the body to long. But overall I think it is something very sweet, and special and would work well for most ages, especially if you like very sweet and floral perfumes. Plus the bottle is cute to boot!

Grade- B + (would have been an A if it had lasted longer)

REVIEW ::Dr Brandt Time Reverse Cream

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Dr Brandt’s Do Not Age Time Reverse Cream was another deluxe sample I tried. I am looking for a good anti aging cream to wear at night, and I received this sample to try out. I have stated before I won’t spend a lot of money on things unless I had the opportunity to try them out for 2-3 weeks first. So I was able to make this sample last about 3 weeks and I have some feelings about it.

The Low Down (taken from Sephora’s website)

What it is:
A nourishing, age-defying cream.

What it is formulated to do:
Powered by the skin transforming system, Juvenesscence+ Complex, and infused with an energetic blend of essential oils, this incredible cream helps reduce the look of aging skin. Developed with hydrating babassu oil to provide the ultimate sensorial experience and delivered in an exclusive lamellar formula, the cream melts at skin temperature to moisturize while delivering the power of Juvenessence+ Complex.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product helps promote smooth, supple, youthful-looking skin and acts as an amazing age-defying duo when used in conjunction with the Do Not Age Transforming Pearl Serum.

Research results:
In a consumer study lasting 30 days:
– 100% of subjects reported that their skin felt replenished and hydrated after 1 day
– 100% of subjects reported that their skin had become firmer and tighter after 2 weeks
– 96% of subjects reported that their skin looked plumper and smoother after 1 month
– 96% of subjects reported that the contour of their face looked redefined

My Thoughts

I saw no real noticeable results. Like nothing! If anything the product when applies made my face feel slightly cool, and super greasy. It has really good reviews but it just did absolutely nothing for my skin. Nothing at first, and definitely nothing after 3 weeks of use. I got much better results from the Dr Brandts Dream Night Cream, but even those were lackluster. So far Dr Brandt’s products don’t seem to do anything for me, so I will probably steer away from them. They do get really good reviews so they must work for some people, but this one did nothing for me….whoooomp whoomp.

Grade D

Review :: A’Pieu Air-Fit Cushion Blusher

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Today I am reviewing the A’Pieu Air Fit Cushion Blusher, in Color CR02. I initially got this from my Koreadepart haul and have wanted to try it out. I used it yesterday, and thought a review might be fun.

First can we talk about how adorable the packaging is? I mean, C’MON!!!

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First Impressions

The pigment in this is so saturated. I mean I put the teeniest bit on my cheeks and it looked so dark. So a little definitely goes a long way. The color I got is a really beautiful shade of coral as well, so after applying it and blending it in (which it had amazing blend ability) I was able to get a very soft rose coral cheek, which was very flattering.

 

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and a swatch, looks darker on the cushion, but lovely tones on skin.

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It also had a very slight dewy finish to it. I really like dewy looks, but this obviously wouldn’t be for everyone.

Overall Impressions

At the end of the day this lasted very well. It faded little, but wasn’t blotchy and just got little fainter so closer to evening just looked like I had a light application of blush on rather then blotchy hell.

Overall I really loved this. The color was very nice the application was easy (the little cushion is so cute). It blended well, and lasted a long time. So yeah. I freaking love this!

Grade  A-

Review :: Lindsay Luxury Magic Mask – Charcoal

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OK so I love a good mask, especially after I feel like I have put my skin through Hell (a lot of high fat and sodium foods, alcohol, tons of makeup) so today being a Holiday was one of those days (LOTS of wine). So I decided to try out this mask again I got from Lindsay, that is a charcoal peel away mask!! I used it once, but wanted to try it at least twice before I made up my mind about it.

Let’s review!

When you first get this mask you have to mix 2 components together, I believe all sets come with a collapsable bowl and spatulas (mine did) so you just add step one and step two together and mix away

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step one is really pretty!

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step two mixed into step one…

I don’t know if it is supposed to be super smooth, I tried to mix it as well as I could.

Applying this mask is sort of easy with the spatula, impossible with fingers so don’t do that. For the mask to peel off you have to put a thick layer around your face.

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frightening I know…

You have to wait 20-30 minutes in order for it to dry before you peel it off. At first I was wary, but this mask feels so good on. Really its nice and cooling, and it starts to set up quickly so it doesn’t run down your face. So I really loved having it on.

Pulling it off was so easy. And my skin felt so soft and nourished.

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I should save this for Halloween. Its terrifying!

Impressions

Ok, I LOVE this mask.  My skin feels so nice, to was easy to use, and a pleasure to wear. The only downside is it is a little expensive ($30 for a set of 5 masks) But If I save these for days I really need a pick me up I don’t think the price would be that bad. A little to pricey for twice a week use though).

I spent $30 on them at memebox.com > Link to masks!

I wanted to wait to use this mask at least twice before I reviewed so I could give a really proper grade for it. Overall when I run out of these I will be buying them again, and if you have sebum, oil, or pore issues this mask could be awesome for you!

Grade  A-

Review – Stella McCartney POP Perfume

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One thing that can make me almost instantly buy any perfume is to use the words Tuberose. I LOVE Tuberose, it’s one of my favorite scents,and its hard to find any perfume that really carries it it. So when I heard about Stella McCartney’s Perfume POP, I had to go out and buy it.

This scent is very unique. With notes of Tuberose, Violet, Musk and Sandalwood you would think it would have a nice deep complex floral fragrance, however it initially has a very cheap smell.

First Impressions

When I first put it on and for about 45 minutes afterwards it smelled similar to so many other cheap perfumes. To much musk, not enough delicate notes, and it almost needed a touch of brightness. I didn’t get any notes of tuberose, and that left me feeling a little dejected.

Longer Wear Impressions

After awhile of wearing it, I started to pick up the middle notes of Tuberose, and even a faint smell of violet. It got a lot more delicate smelling, and sweeter the longer it wore. The musk smell was finally playing nice with the other scents, which was exciting but….

At this point the perfume was wearing away. The length it lasted on me was about 3 hours before I had to reapply. I can usually get 5-6 hours from certain perfumes. So I had to deal with the cheap smell of the perfume all over again.

Final Thoughts

I know each and every perfume smells and reacts differently for each person. So this review is purely based on how it smelled on me, my initial expectations, and opinions.

Overall it’s ok. I was hoping for more tuberose, and after I finally got to it, I had to reapply because the scent was so faint it was like I was barely wearing anything at all. PLUS the perfume didn’t last long on me at all!

I will be using this, because once you get through the overtly musk cheap perfume smell its really quite divine, so maybe, mayyybbbeee I can find that sweet spot to be able to get the smell I was promised (and I know it can achieve) without having to reapply 3 times a day

Grade – C

 

 

Review :: Freeman Facial Charcoal and Black Sugar Scrub Mask

OK, so I was at the supermarket and I was getting some toiletries when I saw that they were having a bogo for this brand, Since I am always on the hunt for a good exfoliator I figured I would take the plunge ($8 for 2 bottles seemed good, I however got this one and their cucumber peeling mask)

I decided to do a first impressions mini review on it. A lot of higher end brands get reviewed, so why not a drugstore brand?

WARNING weird picture of my long face below.

This is the packaging, and it seems like it could be very promising…

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fyi, I am always wary of things that say all skin types, but I decided to still give this a go.

A little dollop in my hand, it had a unique and unexpected consistency.

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I think I was expecting something that had more charcoal, this just looked like a repackaged sugar scrub (which this mask is, but I also was hoping for something more, well maskish)

Here is where I applied it to my face, you are supposed to let it sit on your face for 5-7 minutes, then massage it into your skin for 1-2 then rinse off. It didn’t really like staying in one spot and started sort of sliding on my face, so that was a bother.

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(my face was all puffy that day, UGH)

OK so anyways I managed to let it sit on there, then I massaged it in and rinsed it off.

Overall it left my skin feeling VERY clean, and smooth. Was a hassle to leave on, but I think that the annoyance of that is worth the pay off. Especially when this was very affordable and easy to find. I don’t know if I will rebuy though. So I am still on the hunt for exfoliators!

Grade – B+