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!

Top 3 Essentials for my Sensitive Skin

I know I have stated before that I have combo skin on the sensitive side. And since I am constantly trying out new products my skin gets irritated easily. I have a few products I use that are amazing for soothing my skin during times of irritation, or breakouts. Some of these I have mentioned before, and others I haven’t!

Nature Republic Soothing Aloe Gel

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I keep bringing this up and for good reason. This little jar of goop is AMAZING! It softens the skin without being sticky (it absorbs super fast),  smells nice and refreshing, and soothes any irrupted skin I have. If I use a product that causes burning, irritation, redness or swelling (yes swelling) I wash my face gently and lather this on. My skin feels super refreshed and the redness and irritation disappear. It’s a miracle worker!

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner

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I don’t know if this works for other people but it works amazing for me. If I try a new mask, or treatment and I notice it hurts, burns, and gets irritated  want to clean it all off (before I add the aloe gel) I usually use a foaming cleanser and then I use this toner all over my face, It always feels really nice, and it cleans off the oppressive product without irritating it more.  use this almost everyday as a toner (I am using the SK-II Facial Cleansing Lotion as well) but this is a favorite of mine for my sensitive skin.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream

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This is another product I talk about all the time. I mean I adore Tatcha as a whole. Their brand is amazing, but this is the product that really made me fall in love. I use this every night as my night cream (sometimes as a moisturizer, sometimes a bit after, after my moisturizer has absorbed). This soothes my skin, leaves it feeling hydrated, plump, and looking amazing. Even after my skin is red, swollen and irritated this calms it right down and feels like a dream. I have tried to see if there was anything comparable because I use this so much, and it isn’t the cheapest cream in the world. But I just haven’t found anything like it. I just love this!

 

I use these 3 religiously and swear by them. If you want to know the others feel free to ask in the comments

Haul :: Sephora April VIB Sale

I usually do 2 major orders for makeup and skincare a year, and they coincide with Sephora’s VIB sales (20% in November 15% in April). This year was a little tame for me since I bought a lot of products from other websites and stores (Neiman Marcus, Ulta, Saks, and various websites for my Korean and Japanese skincare and makeup items).

For the pictures I only have most of the items, not all. Because for some reason Sephora decided to ship my items in 3 different shipments (they have NEVER done that before so strange).

Here we go!!!!!

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The Goods

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  • SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
  • SK-II Facial Essence Treatment- I got the new limited edition bottle, so pretty!
  • Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss in Cashmere (I did a review earlier)
  • Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss in Velvet
  • Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist – I bought the travel size previously and FELL IN LOVE so I got a full size too!
  • Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream
  • Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35
  • Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • Touch in Sol Style Neon Super Proof Gel Liner in Burning Sunset
  • Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in Color 3

Not pictured

  • Hakuho-do + SEPHORA PRO Wedge Sloping Powder Brush (Kusabi)
  • Hakuho-do + SEPHORA PRO Large Teardrop Pointed Powder Brush (Otsubu)
  • Hakuho-do + SEPHORA PRO Fan Cheek Brush (Ougi)Lancome Miracle CC Cushion – Color Correcting Primer in Purple
  • Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer
  • Sephora Collection Solid Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner

I have a picture of the first 2 brushes, and the YSL palette.

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The boxes are really nice

I have wanted to try Hakuho-do brushes, and I have been intrigued by these for awhile. I am not expecting the works of a real Hakuho-do, but I like that they partnered with Sephora for these brushes, and guess what… they are SYNTHETIC! I had mixed feelings about that but I read and watched some reviews so I figured I would buy a few.

Also it was buy one get one free! They are limited edition so if anyone is interested I would go grab one or two before they are gone!

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Sloping Powder

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Large Teardrop Brush

And this amazing YSL Palette!

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I really love that range of colors. Its really flattering for my brown eyes!

I also tried the Lancome cushion primer in the store, I was super impressed. I am looking forward to using that as well!

Anyway super duper excited for these! ❤

 

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

Haul :: ETUDE House Goodies!

Today has been an excellent day of packages for me. Not only did I receive my beautiful Kashoen Brush set from Tatcha, my SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (I was almost out) but I also got my order from ETUDE House!!!!!

Let me share my goodies! ❤

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I got the limited edition set of the Pink Cherry Blossom items

  • Play Pencil 101 in 5 colors
  • Perfumed Hand Cream
  • Pink Cherry Blossom Eau De Toilette (this smells amazing) Not to sweet, with hints of violet, cherry blossom, peach and amber.
  • Pink Cherry Blossom all over spray
  • Pink Cherry Blossom Pouch (THIS WILL BE PART OF A GIVEAWAY)

I also got…

Wonder Pore Freshner- I have wanted to try this, and have heard really good things.

Snowy Dessert Ginger Cookie Blusher – Look at how cute that packaging is!!! He is in a little oven. 🙂

Play 101 Contour Duo Stick

Zero Sebum Drying Powder- not in the picture, he was hiding in the box

Precious Mineral Magic Cushion– In Pink and Mint

Pure Water  Baobab Moisturizer

Baby Choux Base #2 Berry Shoux

Dear My Enamel Lips  Talk – Color #12, very pretty coral color

Big Cover Cushion Concealer – in illuminate, OMG so shimmery and pretty (also was hiding in the box when I took this picture)

I also got a snow globe pen, and a sample set of their moistfull collagen skincare line!

Can’t wait to try these guys out!

 

Oh OOOOH, I will be doing a giveaway soon, will have items from etude house, 3 concept eyes, and more. stay tuned for more information! ❤

 

 

 

Unboxing – My Kashoen Brush set from Tatcha

Ok ok, I think its safe to say I positively adore Tatcha products. I also LOVE makeup brushes and cleansing brushes. So when I learned about this limited edition set from Tatcha that features a Kashoen cleansing brush I was so there!

For those of you unfamiliar with Kashoen brushes, they are handmade brushes from Japan, that have been being made since 1883. Their brushes are divine, and I got to feel one (my friend has one) and i have been dying for a few ever since. I could go on and on about them and their brushes, but you can visit their site to learn more. I had ordered a few from Japan (just a small order) and I wanted to get an additional cleanser because I heard they are also perfect for loose powder. so when I saw this set from Tatcha I was so excited!

I also ordered a travel size of their Dewy Mist because I wanted to try it out, and they also sent me a freebie of their rice enzyme powder, which is amazing for cleansing (and perfect use for this brush!)

I love getting their packages because everything is so pretty. They put this pretty purple tape on the outside, so I always know which package is theirs!

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Their invoices are always so beautiful. They print it on beautiful rice paper.

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Another nice touch, a handwritten thank you letter on the bottom of every invoice. ❤

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Love this stuff, very nice freebie!

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So excited to try this out! I threw it straight into my purse!

I also got some samples too. One of the Indigo recovery cream. I like having samples of this because they are perfect for travel. Especially if I am only going out of town for 2-3 days. A sample lasts me that long. I also got their eye cream, and cleansing oil.

OK onto the Brush set! They call it Polished, and I think it is such an appropriate name!

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This is a REALLY  nice box

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OK first, excuse my messy kitchen counter, but if I tried to unbox this anywhere else my cats would get in the way….remember the last time. Also here is a picture of the instructions, and that tiny little hand knotted package is the brush. How beautiful!!!!

Also did I mention how nice the box is, its so nice!

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OMG you guys, this is the prettiest, sweetest, softest brush! I can’t wait to use her! Those Bristles are like the soft belly hair of kitten angels!

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The Lacquered bowl. This is made to be used with the Rice cleanser, which is so fun they made this set for that!

And Finally…….

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The set put together. How PRETTY!! I am in absolute LOVE!!

I need to clean off a space on my counter, so for right now I put it back in its sturdy box, but I should have this set up in the next few days!

I am so in love! I will write a proper review once I really get to using this brush. And I can’t wait for my other brushes to arrive as well!

Skincare Tips :: Busy Morning Routine

I know some mornings I have an appointment to get to or I wake up way to late and just want to start my day with little fuss. But it is never good to skip your morning routine. Rather amend it. I have several products lines up for when I am feeling super lazy about my skincare. Using these in the am, still gives me a fresh, clean, and moisturized face, without the 12 steps.

Heres my quick routine and the products I use

  1. Cleanse once – I use either a cleansing cloth or Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam from Innisfree
  2. Toner – I am still using and loving Aloe BHA Skin Toner by Benton
  3. Essence – Currently using SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 
  4. Eye Cream – Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream by Etude house
  5. Moisturize – Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

This routine takes me no longer then 5 minutes or less, and leaves me with a clean fresh face. If I am super rushed I usually slather some BB cream, powder, blush, and mascara and run out the door. I can get ready in under 10 minutes, and still look put together, and not sloppy at all!

This routine is also a great way to jumpstart  a new skincare routine, especially if you want to go to 10-12 steps. Get used to this first, and find the right products for you then you can experiment with new steps and products, and have a good core regime down!

Good Luck ❤

Skincare Tips :: Improve your Routine with an Essence

So when I jumpstarted my skincare routine I spent a lot of time looking into what products would be worth adding (in matter of time and money spent) and what might be overkill. I remember learning about essences and thought that it might not be important, so I skipped it for a few months. I got an essence to try as a deluxe sample and decided to give it a whirl, and oh buy was my mind changed! Now it is an integral part of my skincare routine, and I kinda kick myself for thinking it wasn’t important.

What is an Essence?

An essence is a concentrated treatment that is usually liquid or gel (can be in other forms but rarely)  that works to help revitalize complexion, decrease/minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and helps with uneven skin tones. They work really well because they address the issues on a cellular level.

When do I add it into my routine?

I would recommend applying your essence after your toner and before your serums, or moisturizer. I have heard some people add it before their toner, but I use it after my toner.

Should I see a difference right away?

That depends on you and your skin, and what essence you are using. Generally Id say you should see real results within 28 days (when you have newer skin) but for all the essences I have used I have seen results in as little as 3-4 days.

 

I love essences, I am practically obsessed with them. Its one of the skincare products I have no problem dropping huge bucks on. I love and adore my SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. But by no means do you have to spend a fortune on them. I listed below some popular essenses and links to where to buy them. I recommend giving them a shot!

  • Missha Time Revolution Essence – Available at certain beauty websites, and Amazon!
  • SK-II Facial Treatment EssenceSephora
  • Hera Cell EssenceKoreaDepart.com
  • Innisfree Soybean Energy EssenceAmazon

There are so many other essences out there, give them a shot! If you have a favorite, comment below. I’d love to check out different ones! ❤

 

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-

MemeBox Haul

Weeeee, so happy I got my Memebox order in! I was stocking up on some things I was almost out of and I am also trying some new things as well!

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Also Look at that Panda Bear! TonyMoly has the CUTEST packaging! ❤

The Goods!

Dinoplatz UFO Multibox from Too Cool for School – I have wanted to try this forever. the cushion has a little compartment on then bottom that has blush, concealer and a pore balm! I wanted this to throw in my small purses so I don’t have to lug around a lot of products.

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JeJu Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam from Innisfree – I LOVE this cleanser, makes my face feel so fresh and clean! This is a refill because I am almost out! ❤

Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream from Tony Moly – I wanted to try this to see if it helped brighten my completion. I am plenty pale, but having my complexion be brighter has always been something I try to achieve, make my skin look luminous and not dull. So we will see how this works!

Green Tea Cleansing Water from Innisfree – I have wanted to try out this cleansing water, so I am super excited!

Green Tea Moisture Cream from Innisfree – Another product I have wanted to try!

Proof 10 Eye Primer from Etude House – I was almost out so I grabbed another little jar of this. If you want a good eye primer TRY THIS! Seriously it is amazing!

Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3 Step Kit from Holika Holika- I LOVE these, I was out so I picked up another little kit of them!

I am really excited to try these things!!!! So yeah, woohoo!