Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum & Gel-Cream Review

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum Gel Cream

Hi everyone!

If you’ve read my previous skincare reviews, you’d know that I have a bit of a difficult skin type. It’s super oily all over but it can get very dry in the winter months – so you could say I have dehydrated oily skin. I also have struggled with acne but that’s more so in the past and after switching to Clinique products it isn’t my main issue anymore. I also get tiny bumps on my cheeks and forehead which I believe is due to either clogged pores (due to very oily skin) or it could be because I’m sensitive to the sun. Long story short; my skin is very sensitive and I’m always leery of using new products because I never know how my skin will react. I’ve been testing this serum and moisturizer for a few weeks now and I’m excited to give my review on them today!

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum Gel Cream

Starting off with the serum; I like the simple packaging and the mild but pleasant scent that this product has. The consistency isn’t thin but it isn’t thick either; it spreads out and absorbs quickly but not fully where it would leave my skin dry – it adds moisture. The moisturizer is actually not too different consistency-wise from the serum as this is a gel-cream it is super light-weight but packs a punch in terms of leaving my skin super hydrated and plumped.

I use the serum and moisturizer in my morning routine because I love how it preps my skin for makeup. It creates a nice bouncy, plumped canvas that allows my face makeup to look fresh and not cakey. Both products contain glycerin which leaves my skin slightly tacky after application which I like when I prep my skin for makeup because I find that it helps my foundation last longer but I do not enjoy this for night because of that reason. I also enjoy the fact that these products are 97% natural and the ingredient list is so tiny compared to other similar products. These also contain hyaluronic acid which is my second ingredient after Vitamin C in skincare. Hyaluronic acid helps bring moisture to the skin.

Did I really enjoy this serum and moisturizer? Yes, because it gave me hydration without greasiness and it noticeably plumped my skin and smoothed out texture. I’m half-way through the serum and about 2/3 of the gel-cream is remaining and I’m already thinking about where I can find these products on sale after I finish them!

I’ve heard good things about Vichy’s sunscreen but never tried. What would you recommend I try next from Vichy?

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

Clinique All About Eyes Review

Clinique All About Eyes

Hello everyone!

I did a review a while back on the Clinique All About Eyes Rich eye cream, and as I mentioned in that review I got milia (small white bumps) and I’m almost certain that it was caused by that formula! I have never gotten milia and within a few weeks I noticed three of them around my eyes. I instantly stopped using that eye cream and went back to this one and they disappeared!

Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream

Unlike my negative experience using the Rich formula, I really enjoy the original all about eyes. As you can see from the pictures, I have the large 30ml and it is completely finished! I have also finished up a 15ml jar as well and for now, I have a few mini 5ml jars which I will definitely use up! I enjoy the consistency of this super light-weight formula; it absorbs nicely and is almost gel-like in consistency. It’s definitely hydrating but it’s not the best if your looking for a really moisturizing eye cream.

I will say that this eye cream has definitely helped in preventing fine lines around the eyes because it keeps the area hydrated. However, since I do not have existing wrinkles so I can not comment about how effective this product is for that. This product also claims to help with dark circles and puffiness. I have dark circles due to my skin being very thin around my eyes and my purple/blue veins show through but I don’t think there is any cream that would be able to help with that. This eye cream targets discoloration and pigmentation around the eyes and from the reviews I’ve read on Sephora; many claim that it has lighten their under eyes.

In conclusion, I really enjoy this eye cream more so during summer months since my under eyes aren’t too dehydrated. Also, I would never recommend the Rich formula because of the weird small white bumps that appeared after use and disappeared after I stopped using it.

Have you guys tried Clinique eye creams? Which one is your favourite?

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water Review

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Hi everyone!

I’m going to be super honest when I say that this bottle of primer water is a little up there in price for what it really is ($39 CAD). Now, I hate that I absolutely love it and I may have to repurchase since I’m half way done and can’t stop using it everyday!

As always, starting off with the packaging; it comes in a see-through simple plastic bottle which is great for travel because it won’t break and is not heavy. This bottle contains 115 ml which is larger than my other setting sprays (usually containing 50ml). The spray nozzle is really nice; it sprays out the nicest, soft, most even mist that isn’t concentrated in one spot. The product itself has a nice very subtle scent – I’m horrible at describing scents but it’s very refreshing and almost citrus I want to say.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

I use this product mainly for priming my skin but I do have to go in with a pore filler since I have larger pores and this does nothing for them. I feel that this product makes my foundation glide on better; it absorbs quickly but leaves a light film which plumps my skin and is forgiving on dry patches. I also apply this after I’ve finished my face makeup and I feel that it gives a nice healthy skin-like finish – very similar to how MAC Fix + just melts everything together. I would say that this product works better for oily skin types while the MAC Fix + is slightly heavier and more suitable for dry skin types.

I hope to see this product on sale so I can grab one (or two)! What do you think about this primer water? Would you purchase/repurchase?

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GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser Review

GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser

Hello everyone!

This is the first product that I’ve ever tried from GlamGlow and let’s just say that this was a good first impression. What intrigued me about this cleanser is that it contains a mud and an oil that transform into foam. I’ve tried oil cleansers before but never mud and I know that mud masks are great for oily skin types.

GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser

This product claims to gently remove all traces of makeup and deep clean. I really enjoy trying different face washes but not all work for me as I have super oily skin and I get these little bumps on my forehead/cheeks when I don’t deep clean. This product is so fun to use as you don’t expect the mud and oil to foam up. It smells like a delicious green apple and leaves your skin feeling super clean and soft.

GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser

The thing that I really enjoy about this packaging is that the oil and mud are stored separately and each have their own separate pump. Therefore, you can customize how much mud and oil you want. When my skin feels super dry I tend to pump more oil and when my skin is super greasy I will pump in more mud. This contains 75ml of oil and 75g of mud which is a decent amount and I feel like it will take me a while to finish this.

GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser. One pump of oil and one pump of the mud.

GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser

I really enjoy this cleanser and would purchase again. I really want to try the other one as well, I believe it’s the YouthCleanse.

What do you suggest I try next from GlamGlow?

Search “GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser” on eBay.

Elizabeth Arden Original Eight Hour Cream & Hand Treatment Review

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Hand Treatment

Hi everyone!

It’s still pretty chilly and dry where I live so I thought I would squeeze in one last review that is relevant to winter. I have done a review of the lip balm from the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour line a few posts ago and I have expressed my love for it especially this winter season! So I thought I would follow up with these two – one of which is a hand cream and the other is their original Eight Hour cream.

Elizabeth Arden Original Eight Hour Cream Hand Treatment

Starting off with the hand cream, this is a really nice non-greasy formula that sinks into the skin and helps a lot with dryness. However, the smell is super strong and unpleasant and noticeably lingers on until it dries down. I really enjoy the formula and would recommend this but if you are sensitive to strong smells, I would skip this one.

The original Eight Hour cream is meant to be used on dry hands/cuticles, to shape brows, to add shine to the cheeks, used on hair, lips, face, etc. So there are quite a few ways to use this product, I’ve even read how it helps to heal wounds and burns. The first thing I would like to mention is that this isn’t a traditional “cream” formula. It feels more so like an ointment or a very thick gel. The smell is beyond strong and rather medicinal. In saying that, this stuff is amazing at healing the skin and protecting the skin against the harsh winter months. It creates sort of like a “second skin” that sticks to you and helps repair any damage. I really can’t recommend that you use this as a hand cream because it’s too thick/sticky however, if you have a cut, burn, or a rash this stuff is amazing!

What do you think about the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour line?

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MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ (Rose, Coconut, Lavender) Review

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Rose Coconut Lavender

Hello again!

I purchased this set a while ago and wasn’t going to do a review on it since this is a limited edition set (Snow Ball collection) that MAC came out with during the holidays. However, once I heard that they made these scents permanent I knew I wanted to talk about them!

I had stayed clear from setting sprays in general for a while because I had bad experiences with a few products that I will review soon. Some have a horrible nozzle and tend to spray blobs of liquid onto your face, some have horrible scents, and some just do absolutely nothing for you. So when I saw this set I’m not going to lie; I was excited because of the different scents and bought it right away.

The first time I tried this, it was on bare skin and I liked how it sunk in and gave a slight glow/dewy-ness to my skin. Bare in mind that I currently have dehydrated (due to dry/cold Canadian winter) but very oily skin. I then tried this out once I had done a full face of makeup and I realized that this just smoothed out my foundation and settled down my powder and just gave a nice creamy effect to my skin. I did not feel that this prolonging my makeup nor did I expect it to. I know this has moisturizing properties and I just wanted it to freshen my makeup or to give some moisture to my skin on no makeup days, which it did and therefore I’m happy with it.

The Rose scent is very pleasant and not too crazy overpowering. The lavender is nice and mild even though it has to be my least favourite out of the three. The coconut scent is my favourite! – though the color is the least attractive. The mist is very fine and isn’t too harsh (distributes evenly) and I love how this little set allows you to try them all. Each bottle has 30ml of product.

What is your favourite scent? Let me know down below!

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Etude House Honey Cera Lip Oil Review

Etude House Honey Cera Treatment Lip Oil

Hello everyone!

As I’m writing this review we are having major snow/freezing rain in Canada! On that note, I thought that a lip oil review would be suitable for today’s post.

I have wanted to try a lip oil for a while now and had my eye on the Clarins’ one and was about to purchase until I stumbled upon this one by Etude House on eBay. The packaging looks almost identical and the name ‘honey’ made me think of a sweet nourishing formula. I decided to give this one a try and at only $10 CAD (Clarins’ lip oil is $25 CAD) I really wasn’t going to lose much if I didn’t enjoy it.

Etude House Honey Cera Treatment Lip Oil

Upon applying the product I noticed the applicator and again, this looks identical to the Clarins’ applicator. It picks up a good amount of product and allows for quick even application. This has a pleasant sweet scent and it feels great on the lips! Not heavy; but a nice light-weight oil that has a gorgeous shine (as oils do!). I have applied this on top of lipstick and lip liner however, that was not a good idea because oil tends to rub off any traces of makeup however the shine is so gorgeous and long wearing while still comfortable that I wanted it to work. Now, I will mostly use this at night or on no makeup days or at least no lipstick days.

Etude House Honey Cera Treatment Lip Oil

All in all, this is a good product and I currently have used most of it up and plan to finish and repurchase for next winter. Item contains 7ml of product and contains expiry date on bottom which I appreciate.

What do you think about lip oils? What is your favourite one?

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