Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Hi everyone!

I have never used a sponge to apply makeup in the past and so I didn’t know what I was missing out on until using this.

I always thought the Beauty Blender or this Real Technique sponge was for people that have dry skin (I have very oily skin) as it adds moisture to foundation/powder so I never thought it would change my makeup game until finally trying it out.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

First off, I love the shape of this sponge; it’s perfect for blending out foundation and the flat edge is great for blending out concealer and baking the under eyes. The texture of this sponge is very firm until you wet it and then it becomes very soft and bounces really nicely on the skin.

The first time I tried it I used a foundation that usually looks very heavy and cakey on me and this sponge made it look flawless and fresh! I was shocked, then I continued with my concealer and it blended it out in a few seconds and my under eyes looked moisturized and smooth. I felt really weird putting the sponge in powder to apply to my face but once I blended it into my skin I toke a step back and was shocked that my face makeup never looked better! It also did something to the foundation and powder that helped my makeup look nice and fresh for much longer than usual.

I have also ordered the Beauty Blender and there will be a review soon on that as well, I want to compare the two. I feel so late to the game but better late than never!

What is your favourite makeup sponge?

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Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base Review + Swatch

Tony Moly Panda's Dream Brightening Eye Base

Hello everyone!

This product has the cutest packaging that I have ever seen and on top of that the product itself pleasantly surprised me!

Tony Moly Panda's Dream Brightening Eye Base

Besides the fact that the packaging is super adorable; it is also nice not to dip your finger in a jar but rather just swipe it on your face. The product itself doesn’t have a strong scent but a very faint skincare smell if that makes any sense – it is a pleasant scent.

I have used this under and over my eyes and really love the result that it gives me. It looks straight up white but once blended out it really brightens the under eyes. I love using this on a no makeup day or under concealer, you can also use this to brighten the center of the face as well. It makes a great eye shadow base because it isn’t tacky or thick and blends out very well. Lastly, it contains some anti aging properties to help reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.

Tony Moly Panda's Dream Brightening Eye Base

I love this brightening eye base and would definitely recommend it; it’s a great multi-use product. However, I’m not sure if it would work on medium to dark skin tones.

Have you tried this?

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Clinique Acne Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment Review

Clinique Acne Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment

Hello again!

I’m going to start off this post by stating that this is the best acne treatment product that I have used thus far. It is not like other treatments which dry and irritate your skin!

Firstly, I like that this comes in a squeeze bottle because I don’t have to dip my finger in a jar; this is much more sanitary. The bottle contains 50ml of product which is decent, if not generous compared to other acne treatments. The product itself smells rather minty and pleasant and feels cooling upon application.

I was a little confused at first whether if this was a moisturizer that helps with acne or if it is just a treatment and I need to follow up with a moisturizer. So after using this I realized that this is an acne treatment that is not drying and feels rather hydrating on (reminder: I have extremely oily skin). I could skip the moisturizer with this but I prefer to follow up with a moisturizer because either way the ingredient that kills acne (Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%) is drying after a few days of use. However, this ingredient is much more effective on me than Salicylic acid which is in most acne treatment products.

Currently my skin is clear – no breakouts (thanks to the Clinique 3-step!) but I tend to get an area of tiny breakouts once in a while or a small breakout during that time of the month so when that happens I generously apply this before I sleep and wake up to see a big reduction of the breakout! I continue using this until I feel that the breakout is not visible and that usually takes about 2 nights.

I love and highly recommend this product; it is definitely a staple in my skincare drawer since it is the quickest and most gentle way of clearing up the skin.

What acne treatment product would you recommend?

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Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream Review

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream

Hi everyone!

The one product that is essential in my skincare routine is moisturizer. Even though I have extremely oily skin I always include a moisturizer in my morning and night routine. I find that if I happen to skip it my makeup does not sit right and I get even more oily than usual by the end of the day.

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cream

I was very excited to receive this face cream that Influenster sent me from Clarins complimentary to try out and review for you guys! First off, I was a bit worried that this might be too rich for me since this formula is for normal to dry skin and so I replaced this with my night cream for a couple of nights to see if it made much of a difference.

This is the small travel size (15ml) and not the full size which comes in a tub and contains 50ml of product. However, I prefer squeeze tubes or pumps because the product is not exposed to air every time you use it and it does not come in contact with your fingers. This product has a very artificial scent and as weird as this may sound; it smells like the sanitary pads that have a strong rose fragrance. It isn’t bad but it reminds me of that every single time I apply this to my face.

The cream itself is a white opaque consistency which is not at all greasy or heavy on the skin; it’s very lightweight and instantly moisturizes. It doesn’t leave any residue and absorbs in seconds which I prefer since I hate that heavy feeling some creams give.

Overall, this cream is nice because it contains the key ingredient Hyaluronic Acid which deeply moisturizes and Clarins advertises itself as a “natural plant-based” brand. However, this isn’t my favourite moisturizer because I prefer an oil-free gel consistency – I find my makeup sits better on my skin for whatever reason and the scent is a bit odd for me.

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Disclaimer: I received these products from Influenster for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me

Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C Review

Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C

Hi everyone!

I’m back with another review on a product that is fairly new (couple months) on the market now and I’ve been wanting to do a review on this. If your new to my blog then your not aware of the obsession that I have with serums – I just find that I get the quickest results with them. I usually search for a serum that promises to brighten and help with skin texture and lighten a few freckles that pop up during the summer months.

In saying that; this “serum” is 100% pure Vitamin C – which is why I was so excited to try this. I know that Vitamin C is super beneficial for the skin as it brightens and helps produce collagen (anti-aging). In the past I’ve used serums with Vitamin C but I haven’t used a pure Vitamin C ‘booster’; which comes with it’s disadvantages such as disposing of each vial after 7 days because the Vitamin C is no longer effective after that due to oxidization. However, this product claims to be a treatment and not necessarily an everyday product. You can purchase one vial (7-day treatment) by itself or a 4-pack (picture above) – Let me just add that this isn’t cheap but rather pricey as the 4-pack retails for $94.00 CAD.

A single vial from the 4-pack.

Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C

Now, let’s get into whether or not this product did wonders for my skin: Firstly, the directions say that you must shake this well every time and add 2 drops to your moisturizer morning and night. I tried this for a few days with my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and it did absolutely nothing and I even felt my skin was breaking out in little bumps all over. That absolutely terrified me and I stopped using this product for about 2 months until I decided to give it another shot with a different moisturizer. I thought I might have been allergic to the strong active Vitamin C but it made no sense since I have used serums with Vitamin C in the past and loved the instant result. The second attempt I mixed this serum with My Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and I got the instant brightness and glow overnight! I continued to use this product and my skin looked amazing – smoother, bright and super healthy! I still have no idea why it reacted the way it did with the first moisturizer but I’m glad that I gave it another shot.

So, I would recommend mixing this with the Moisture Surge or testing it out with different face creams to see what works for you.

Have you tried Vitamin C serums/face creams?

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Shiseido Blotting Sheets Review

Shiseido Blotting Sheets

Hi everyone!

I always carry blotting sheets and powder with me wherever I go to avoid blinding people with my face oil.

I used to use powder to blot but it would always look cake-y afterwards; the powder and my oil would mix and it would make a weird paste almost – as you would imagine; it looked very unflattering.

Shiseido Blotting Sheets eBay

I found these blotting sheets on eBay for only a few bucks and so I thought I would try them out. I’m pretty certain these blotting sheets are not authentic because I can’t seem to find them on the Shiseido website but they work so well that I already ordered another 3. Shiseido has two types of blotting sheets and neither come in this baby pink holder – click here to view them. This one that I purchased (link below) comes with 120 sheets and each sheet absorbs quite a lot of oil. I blot about 3-4 times a day. I blot  quite frequently so that my oil doesn’t separate or move my makeup around which it tends to do on and around my nose. After I blot I can follow up with powder and it doesn’t get cake-y or look like paste.

I definitely recommend these sheets – they are about $4 CAD and they do their job!

What blotting sheets are you currently using?

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Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Review

Clinique Moisture Surge extended thrist relief

Hi everyone!

I didn’t know that a product like this existed until I started using it a few months ago and I’ve been loving it since!

It’s an oil-free cream-gel that claims to deeply hydrate skin with it’s hyaluronic acid which holds up to 1000 times it’s weight in water! It also contains aloe which is made to relieve dry flaking skin and help plump skin which instantly gets rid of fine lines.

Clinique Moisture Surge extended thrist relief

It’s formulated for all skin types since it is a gel that instantly sinks into the skin sort of like a serum but my skin instantly feels velvety and smooth. I like to apply this before the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and after the Clinique Clarifying Lotion.  I have lots of skincare products that I put in rotation but I have stuck to the Clinique 3 step for months now and I’ll switch up my serums and other products depending on what my skin needs at the time. I find that it works much better when it is applied before the moisturizing gel (any type of moisturizer) since it allows the product to fully absorb and not sit on top of the moisturizer.

I love how it makes my skin look very plump and healthy and it really helps with the dry patches that I get in the winter months. I could also see this being used instead or in combination with a primer to give a nice smooth base for makeup. However, I can’t use this instead of a moisturizer because it feels like a serum and isn’t moisturizing enough even for my oily skin.

I would recommend this for everyone; it’s paraben-free, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free  and noncomedogenic.

What is your favourite Clinique product that I should review next?

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