Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Review (+ Eye Concentrate Matrix)

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Hi everyone!

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!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

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.

Synchronized Recovery Complex Eye Concentrate Matrix

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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Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate Review

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

Hello everyone!

This is a fairly new product from Clinique but I haven’t heard much about it on social media/YouTube. I knew if this was anything like the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief than I would love it!

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

This is described as a water-gel formula that boosts skin’s hydration for a full 24 hours. It also contains antioxidants – the little beads contain Vitamins C and E which is great because I always get the best results with serums/moisturizers that contain Vitamin C. Vitamin C brightens, lightens acne scars and has great anti-aging benefits.

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

The packaging is gorgeous; you can also see how much product you still have in the bottle. It contains a pump and is not housed in a jar or dropper type bottle; since it’s airtight the vitamins will stay fresh. I believe this contains hyaluronic acid as well which is the most effective ingredient to combat dryness. It feels very lightweight and refreshing upon application – it can feel a bit tacky if you apply too much; one pump is enough for the entire face.

I definitely feel the hydration and plumpness this gives my skin after each use but it doesn’t give that instant silky feeling that the Moisture Surge Extended gives. I have very oily skin and find that this can definitely replace my moisturizer but for dry skin types I would recommend that you layer a moisturizer on top of this.

Overall, I like how this contains some anti-aging benefits as well as replacing moisturizer for me but I would recommend the Moisture Surge Extended over this because I’m addicted to the instant softness that it gives.

Have you tried the Clinique Moisture Surge line?

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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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Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum Review

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

Hello again!

This serum claims to diminish fine lines/wrinkles, brighten skin tone/even dark spots, lift and firm and lastly improve radiance and texture. It’s an all-in-one serum that definitely got my attention because it’s suppose to target your specific skin concerns.

I like the packaging because I prefer a pump for serums over a dropper – it is airtight and will stay fresh a lot longer. The serum itself has a slip to it – it isn’t a liquid that is runny but sort of like a serum and moisturizer in one. It instantly plumps the skin after just one application and it makes your skin super smooth and soft. Before I get into the results; I’m in my mid twenties with some acne scarring, slightly uneven textured skin, fairly noticeable pores and a very oily complexion.

After about 6 weeks of daily use I noticed a huge difference – 90% of my acne scars were gone and the other 10% were hardly noticeable! I noticed that my skin looked overall more radiant and plump; it looks very hydrated and healthy. It also helped with my skin texture – I felt much more confident without foundation because I had a healthy glow. I don’t struggle with lines and wrinkles or sagginess so I can’t comment about that but since it deeply hydrates I would imagine that it would lessen the look of lines and wrinkles.

Overall, I really enjoyed this serum but it is on the expensive side however, if your desperate for a serum that can lighten acne spots – this is my recommendation to you.

What is your favourite serum that you recommend?

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b.liv Shrink and Tighten Serum Review

b.liv Shrink and Tighten

Hi again!

I’m always interested in trying out different products that claim to shrink my pores. I have noticed that my pores definitely look less visible from using products that really deep clean my skin but in terms of shrinking my pores; no product has been able to do that yet.

This product claims to minimize the look of pores, unclog pores, control oil, regenerate and repair cells, brighten and firm the skin. It contains lots of beneficial ingredients such as niacinamide which promotes collagen synthesis, normalizes sebum secretion and control acne. It contains vitamin C, A, E and lastly, salicylic acid; which helps acne and soothes the skin.

After using this regularly I didn’t really notice a difference in my pores but I did notice smoother, healthier looking skin. It definitely improved my skin texture and brightened my complexion. It has a pleasant slightly floral scent and the formula is very water-y; absorbs instantly. It has a demi-matte finish and sits nicely under makeup.

Overall, I enjoy this as a vitamin serum to help skin texture and give radiance however, since I didn’t notice it doing much for my pores I wouldn’t recommend it for that.

What product(s) would you recommend for shrinking pores?

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

Indeed Laboratories Booster Serums Review

Indeed Laboratories Serum

Hi everyone!

I’m obsessed with serums because I find that I get quick results with them; I’m not sure if it is because they absorb better (thinner consistency) but I noticed an over-night difference when I used these serums. I always use serum before moisturizer because otherwise the serum can not penetrate through the moisturizer and therefore is a waste.

I have done a bunch of reviews on Indeed Labs’ products; most of which I ended up loving and wanting to repurchase. I especially loved the vitamin C24 cream – you can read my review here. There are six serums and they each cater to different skin needs. Seeing that I’m only 24 years old, I’m not really looking to minimize wrinkles (Q10) or increase firmness (Collagen) however, I do want my skin to look more radiant and hydrated. So I will focus my review on the other 4 serums.

What I like about these serums is that they absorb almost instantly, even though they have a gel-like consistency; they aren’t greasy and don’t sit on top of the skin. I have mainly been using the mineral/hydration serums; they give a similar result to when I use a vitamin C serum – which is radiance and glow the next morning.

Indeed Laboratories Booster Serum

They come in a bottle with a dropper so you can control how much product you want to use. They each contain 30mL of product which is standard for a serum. A brief description of what each serum is used for starting from left-right:

Mineral: Improve circulation to increase oxygen levels and to protect the skin from free radicals (detoxify).

Collagen: Improve skin’s density and restore elasticity. Contains multi-peptides.

Radiance: Contains Vivillume which restores radiance and reduces signs of aging.

Hydration: Contains hyaluronic acid which helps to replenish lost water and plump the skin.

Q10: Contains Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin E and Vitamin C to protect against UV damage. Evens skin tone and helps with lines and wrinkles.

Resistance: Protects skin against environmental factors and moisture imbalances.

Overall, I’m a big fan of Indeed Labs’ products and these serums are some of the best I have used so far. Which serum are you most interested in?

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

Indeed Laboratories Vitamin C24 Review

Indeed Laboratories Vitamin C24

Hello everyone!

I’m a big fan of vitamin C serums and creams since I have finally gotten rid of my acne but am left with acne scars. Vitamin C is mainly suppose to brighten the complexion and lighten dark spots and this product does all that and is an amazing primer!

Indeed Labs Vitamin C24

The texture of this “serum” is more so like a silky silicon-feeling cream. It instantly brightens my skin as soon as I finish rubbing it in and blurs my pores better than most primers! This is why I love using this in the mornings under my makeup before moisturizer. It allows my makeup to glide on extremely well even though it isn’t meant to be a primer it makes my foundation sit extremely well on my skin and look pore-less almost.

As for the lightening of my dark acne scars; I have noticed them fading quite a bit after 2 weeks but it hasn’t completely went away. I think it is going to take a few more weeks to get rid of my acne scars. I would definitely recommend this “serum” for those looking to brighten dull skin, lighten dark spots, tighten pores, etc.

Click here to purchase. Available in Shoppers Drug Mart on March 15, 2016 (Canada).

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