I’m excited to review this serum today because it’s a nice change from the last two products that I have reviewed and was disappointed by. I’m so obsessed with this product – I’m finishing my second bottle of it and already have a backup in my drawer!
The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (I just refer to this as the ANR serum) claims to make skin smoother, more radiant, younger, hydrated and more even in tone. It does this by maximizing the power of skin’s natural nighttime renewal. After going through 2 bottles of this, I have to say that I agree with all of the claims except for the “younger” one since I don’t have any wrinkles and so I can’t comment on that. This serum has made my skin look so healthy and radiant that I can’t stop using it. As many of you may know, I have an oily, breakout-prone skin and this does not break me out nor make me more greasy throughout the day. It is oil and fragrance-free which are the two things I always look for in skincare products.
I have to say that this has become my absolute favourite and I can not replace it with any other serum. Even though this is meant to be used in the evenings I actually apply this in the morning as well under my moisturizer and on those days I get so many compliments on my skin. This product comes in a few different sizes, I do prefer the smallest size just because it comes with a dropper and so you are exposing the product to air which makes it’s shelf life shorter in my opinion. I also have to point out that the dropper can separate from the cap – this happened to me on the first bottle that I purchased.
The other product that I want to also mention is the Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix, which is the little bottle next to the ANR serum. I received this as a sample in a gift with purchase and just had to mention that I’ve been loving this as well! It feels like a gel almost – it isn’t heavy or greasy feeling under the eyes and you apply this with a cute little massaging wand. I don’t think this is really sanitary but since it’s a tiny bottle; I’m not too bothered by it.
Overall, this is a great serum – probably the first serum that I would recommend to anyone that wants to include one in their skincare routine. The eye concentrate is really nice too but I have other eye creams that are just as good.
Have you tried the ANR line?
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When I saw Tati’s (YouTube) review on this mascara I ran out and bought it! She had nothing bad to say about this and since I love the original Voluminous mascara by L’oreal I thought this would replace that for me.
The packaging is gorgeous – similar to the Too Faced one, and having heard that this is a dupe for that I was even more excited to try it out. I got the Blackest Black shade and luckily enough, true to it’s name, this is a very intense black. The brush is on the larger side and has long bristles that help comb out your lashes while building them up very quickly. Because of the brush size; I did not use this on my lower lashes in fears of it getting everywhere. The brush holds a lot of product so you really need to brush your lashes thoroughly to avoid getting clumps.
The formula is also really nice – it gives volume and length without looking too heavy. I really liked this mascara but then after 2 weeks or so the formula completely dried out and because of that I had lots of flaking and it did not look the same as when it was fresh. This is a huge disappointment; because there is no point of purchasing a tube of mascara that will only last you a few uses. Since then, I’ve seen many reviews pointing out the same issue and so I know that I was not the only one that experienced this.
Have you tried this mascara? What was your experience?
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I have loved almost every product I’ve tried from W7; they are affordable and meant to be dupes of high end products. From the look and name of this W7 product I think it is meant to be a dupe of the Clinique Chubby Stick – which I will be doing a review on soon.
I like the convenience of a cream stick bronzer because I can just draw it on and blend it out with a sponge/brush. Also, I find that when I layer a cream bronzer under my powder bronzer it looks more natural because the cream blends out seamlessly.
The packaging is light weight and compact which is travel-friendly but it definitely looks cheap. The product is very creamy but feels slightly greasy and doesn’t blend out nicely. It looks patchy and I felt the need to go in with more product only to get a uniform look which wasn’t happening. The color is a bit orange but I like my bronzer to have some warmth – so I didn’t mind that.
W7 Chunky Bronzer Hawaiian Bronze swatched multiple times.
W7 Chunky Bronzer Hawaiian Bronze blended out. You can see the patchiness once blended out.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this product – even though the price was very reasonable it just isn’t a product that I would reach for again.
Do you like using cream bronzers? If so – which one(s) would you recommend?
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As the weather gets colder here in Canada – I will be reviewing deeper berry toned lipsticks/lip liners as I tend to wear them in the autumn/winter season. Today I’m sharing my favourite/most repurchased lip liner with you!
When I swatched this lip liner in the store I instantly fell in love with the color – it’s that perfect deep mauve/plum shade that I love. After purchasing it and wearing it a few times I have to say that the formula is amazing as well! It is extremely pigmented in just one swipe, it is creamy but not too creamy, it stays in place all day with minimal fading after 6 hours! I love it so much that I use it all over my lips instead of lipstick that is why I have already went through two pencils and am now on my third one with an extra backup of course. I love using this as lipstick because it sets to a comfortable matte finish when you layer this over a nice lip balm (review of my favourite coming soon!). I don’t mind that this is a traditional lip liner that you have to sharpen because of it’s positive qualities. This liner also comes with a lip brush on the opposite end – which is a nice touch even though I hardly ever use it.
Swiped once on top and multiple times on the bottom.
I highly recommend this lip liner to everyone and I recommend that you run to the nearest Estee Lauder counter and swatch this! I don’t ever get excited about lip liners but this is special.
Have you tried this? Let me know down below!
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As you may have already known from my previous reviews; I love Clinique skin care however, this “liquid lipstick” wasn’t what I was expecting.
As always starting off with packaging; I think this is really cute – it’s short and rectangular shaped with a pretty mirrored cap and see-through frosted plastic. This has a chubby round applicator which isn’t the best for precise application and therefore using this product with a lip liner is a must.
The product itself, does not have a pleasant scent but it isn’t over-powering and you can not smell it after it’s on your lips. This product is crazy pigmented and with just one swipe I get an opaque layer that feels extremely light on my lips. However, I would not call this product a liquid lipstick just because it isn’t a traditional liquid lipstick that dries down and is transfer-proof. This product slides around and will definitely bleed if not used with a lip liner. It doesn’t ever dry down – just sets to a shiny suede finish which will transfer when eating/drinking. In fact when I press my lips on the back of my hand to test it’s transfer-ability a full opaque layer of my lip print comes off which is definitely not ideal when it comes to a long wearing lip color. This does stain the lips and some color will remain by the end of the day but it is somewhat patchy.
Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer 03 Candied Apple Pop
Would I reach for this again? Probably not because this formula isn’t exactly what I like to wear on a daily basis however, the color is gorgeous.
Have you tried this Formula? What is your favourite Clinique Lip product?
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I love trying out new foundations and finding out which ones work on oily skin. Today I have a foundation from Shiseido that I have been trying out for almost a month and I’m ready to write my thoughts on it.
Starting off with packaging; I really like the frosted glass and the shape of the bottle. I also really enjoy how there is a pump on the foundation – that makes the product more sanitary. However, the cap is a little loose which makes me worried that it might come off if I want to put it in my bag for travel.
This foundation has a liquid formula and is very thin on the skin – you barely feel that you are wearing anything. It has a sunscreen smell to it which may bother you if you don’t like that scent but I don’t mind it. I’ve used this foundation with a brush and sponge and I like how it looks with both, the brush gives a bit more coverage. You get light coverage with one layer but you can build it to an almost medium coverage with two layers. I use a concealer on any breakouts/scars that I have so I only use one layer.
After applying this foundation it only takes a few seconds for it to set and once it does it is transfer-proof and has a demi-matte finish. Because of this quality it lasts very well on oily skin, I don’t feel oily until after the 5th hour where I notice shine on my nose but the foundation stays intact pretty well – it doesn’t break apart as quickly. The only thing I noticed with this is that it can sink into expression lines (around my mouth) which isn’t very flattering but can be fixed by just tapping it lightly to blend.
Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Shade Neutral 2.
This shade is really nice because it is a true neutral – not too pink nor yellow. This is a shade too dark for me but I think the Neutral 1 would be perfect.
Have you tried Shiseido foundations?
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Disclaimer: I received these products from Influenster for reviewing purposes. All of my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.
I thought I would review this spot concealer today – when I first received this I was confused as to what it does/ what it is for – it has “CC” in it’s name which threw me off.
This is a spot concealer for any age spots, sun spots, or acne scars you may have. It claims to fully cover and is budge-proof and will last for 24 hours! I have seen others reviews that have said the packaging is defective because the product seeps through the lid but I have been using this for over 2 month and it has not happened with mine. I close the lid pretty tightly because the consistency is a bit runny so I can see that happening if you don’t tighten the lid. This contains 2.5ml of product which is not a lot but has somehow lasted me quite some time and there is plenty left in the bottle; I’m guessing because its only for spots and I don’t apply it like a usual under eye concealer. The wand is great for pinpointing little spots and doesn’t get too much product on the area.
The formula is very unique; it dries quickly and really adheres to my skin, it feels like putty almost. This does not budge from my face until I take it off with a makeup wipe! It is definitely full coverage; it will completely cover any scars or acne that you may have on your face and it won’t fade or slip off. I absolutely love this product and use it every single day! It allows me to use a lighter coverage foundation because i know that I can cover any imperfections with this concealer.
Smashbox 24 Hour CC Spot Concealer in the shade “light”. Swatched.
I highly recommend this concealer if you have any scars/acne this will definitely do the job of covering and keeping it covered for the entire day!
Have you tried this concealer?
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