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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This has got to be the best liquid liner I have tried thus far! It is extremely long lasting and stays almost the exact same after 10+ hours of wear. It doesn’t spread or smudge on the inner/outer corners of the eyes which happens to me a lot.
This is a super intense black shade that has a glossy finish. Now, I do wish they had a matte black option because I prefer a matte finish with some makeup looks. The brush is very unique; it is a sponge tip which looks like it won’t do a great job at applying thin lines but surprisingly this liner can give you a very thin/natural or a thick winged-out look. It is very easy to apply; this has to be the easiest liquid liner applicator I have used. It is very flexible but doesn’t spread like the hairs of a brush so it stays very neat and tidy. The only issue is that I have to go back into the product a few times to pick up enough product for a single eye. I also have to work quickly or else the liner will dry on my eyes and the applicator will take off the product when I go back in to straighten it up.
This liner claims to be waterproof and it is unless you rub it off by scratching your eye and then it peels off in one piece. But if left untouched it will remain the exact same for hours.
Overall, this liner has some positive and negative aspects but I really enjoy the longevity and ease of use that I would definitely recommend this liner to anyone that enjoys a glossy black liner look.
Have you tried any L’Oreal eye liners?
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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.
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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This is my most used palette ever. I completely understand the hype on this because the shades are gorgeous and the quality is really good! It has everything you need in one palette – shimmers/mattes, warm shades/cool shades, light shades/dark shades. All except a matte black which is a bit disappointing.
So I’ve had this palette for over a year and just now realized that I did not do a review on this! This is why the palette looks practically untouched in these pictures – I have hit pan on multiple shades currently! I won this in a blog giveaway (link below) and was beyond excited to try it out given the amazing reviews that it had online.
The packaging is fairly decent; it does not include a mirror but it isn’t bad since I’ve had this for over a year and haven’t broken it yet. However, if you drop it on hard wood I can imagine the shadows either coming loose or shattering in the palette.
I really like how they included different types of finishes in one palette; you have matte, satin, shimmer, metallic, and duo chrome. The matte finishes are so blend-able and creamy! The shimmers and metallic finishes can be slightly powdery but I apply them with my finger and that minimizes the fallout. I know there are so many swatches available online but I did a few to give you an idea of the great pigmentation and creaminess of these shadows if you haven’t seen them yet.
A few of the matte shades – swatched with fingers.
Shimmer shades swatched with fingers.
These pictures don’t do them justice; they are incredibly gorgeous especially in outdoor lighting.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this palette. I’ve heard Morphe charges a lot on shipping but other than that this is a great buy and I would definitely purchase this once most of the shades are finished.
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This product has the cutest packaging that I have ever seen and on top of that the product itself pleasantly surprised me!
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.
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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