The Benefits of using a Serum and A Review of Clinique Custom Repair

clinique serum review

Do you use a serum in your routine?  If you don’t why not?  A serum can really be effective in conjunction with the rest of your skincare routine.  But why?  It’s just another thing to put on my face and my skin can’t handle all that moisture.  I know how you feel, but if I had to choose I would pick a serum over a moisturizer.  Here are a few benefits of using a serum.

  • It sinks into the skin deeper so it keeps your skin hydrated throughout the day batter
  • Oily skin can benefit from a serum because of how quickly it sinks in to the skin leaving no residue or feelings of heaviness on the skin
  • It has about 2 to 5 times more potency than the face cream. And using it in conjunction with cream, you can have a better results vs.  Using no serum
  • A moisturizer or sunscreen usually sits on top of the skin so it isn’t moisturizing the skin all day causing skin to feel uncomfortable, tight and dehydrated. That’s why putting a serum under your moisturizer will help skin stay hydrated all day.
  • Wearing a sunscreen and being outside all day can leave your skin very thirsty. Drink your water, but also put on a serum before your sunscreen so you can keep your skin hydrated as much as possible.  Plus again it is super light so you won’t feel it.

 

Clinique smart custom repair serum

I am not a fan of Clinique, but I have used a few of their skincare products.  Unfortunately I had no success with them because they were either too heavy feeling, did not absorb well and it was too strong and irritating my skin.  The only skincare product that was comfortable to use was there cleansing gel.  So trying this all in one custom repair serum, I was going into this as a very skeptical person.  Because of my history and plus a serum claiming it can do everything for your skin, you kind of want to try it and put it to the test.

The first thing about this serum is that the ingredients list is very long!  This serum says it is suitable for sensitive skin, but just read the ingredient list to make sure you’re not allergic to any one of these ingredients.  Because it is designed to handle all skin issues including acne scarring, uneven skin tone and wrinkles that’s why the ingredients list is super long.  From licorice extract that reduces inflammation, vitamin C for dark spots, salicylic acid and glucosmine for brightening, palmitoyl oligopeptide to boost collagen and ultrsomes and roxisome for UV damage.  Throw in some hyaluronic acid and you have a hydrating serum to go.

So far it has only been three weeks and I have no problem with the serum so far.  My skin feels hydrated, feels soft and my skin doesn’t feel tight or uncomfortable.  I haven’t seen much of a difference in my skin as far as it being brighter or more even, but that hopefully will come in time and with the weather changing I tend to break out a bit more then usual.  But it hasn’t caused any more issues, so that is a good thing for me.

It’s hard going back to the skincare company that you’ve used some products from them and you haven’t had a good experience.  So being open minded can be tough when you come across a product that seems so irresistible that you need to try it.  Don’t let a bad experience stop you, you may never know if that’s the product that will change your skin or even your mind towards that brand.  Maybe this is the product that will change my mind towards Clinique, but only time will tell.  Until next week, thank you for reading this article and I’ll see you next week my beauties!

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This entry was posted on October 25, 2017, in Skincare.

A Review of Nail Vinyls and Doing My Nails for the First Time

 

nail vinyl review

I admit, I don’t do my nails at all.  Just clip them, file them and use hand cream and that is the extent of my nail care.  I don’t remember the last time I went to a salon to get a manicure and pedicure done, that’s how long I’ve had my nails painted.  So when I received these cool nail vinyls courtesy of nailpoloishcanada.com I was excited to do something different with nails.  And it’s Halloween themed so it’s even more fun to do.

I’ve never used vinyls or stickers of any kind on my nails and that’s why I got curious wondering if these would be easy to use.  I was a bit concerned about how it would turn out or if it would fit my small fingers (I have a size three ring finger) but I figured out you can cut it to your nail and that’s what I did for some.  Here are my results on these graveyard vinyls.

What’s up vinyls for nails

First of all I have to say that this process was fun and cool.  I did play with a few different looks before I chose to do the ombre effect.  I used tweezers to take the sticker or stencil and peeled it off to avoid ripping it and carefully placed it on my freshly painted nails.  I then painted the stenciled part with black nail polish to show the graveyard on my nails and while it is still wet slowly and gently pull off the stencil with tweezers and you have your design.

So was this easy or not?  Again I said before that I don’t do my nails and as a beginner I was truly amazed at how easy these vinyls were to use.  The only hard part was me trying to get the ombre look on my nails, but that was my choice and I was excited to do my nails in a different way.

So because I was chosen to do this for nailpolishcanada.com they gave me a code to my first 10 readers to get these graveyard vinyls for free.  If you choose to get them here is the code and the link and they will show you step by step how to receive them. (Now sold out)

So enjoy your week beauties and have a great day!

nail vinyl review

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This entry was posted on October 18, 2017, in Other.

Why Retinol Is A Good Thing: A Neostrata Eye Serum Review

I just recently got a few essentials for my skincare routine including an eye serum.  The great thing about this serum is that it contains retinol which is great for ant aging.  I love using eye creams because it helps to protect and moisturize the eye area, plus the skin around the eye area that is thinner than the rest of your face, so you want to make sure you buy the right eye cream to address your needs and concerns.

I personally haven’t use retinol since I was in college and I used it for my acne.  It was a topical cream that contained 1% pure retinol and boy did I see a change in my skin.  It cleared my skin of acne by smoothing my skin, making my pores look smaller and help with my acne scars and spots.  That is what retinol is used for usually but now it is widely used for wrinkles as well.

Now many years later, I am using retinol again but this time an eye cream and I hope that I’ll get the same results as I did years ago.  Or am I asking too much of my eye cream?  Here is my review and description of this eye cream.

Neostrata all in one eye serum with 0.075% retinol

This as an eye serum which sinks into your skin quickly and serums tend to be 3 to 5 times more effective.  You can pair it up with an eye cream if you need to moisturize the eye area because if you have dry skin the eye serum will not be enough.  I have oily skin so it’s perfect for me.

The most effective ingredient in this product is the 0.075% retinol which is great for the eye area and also safe enough for the skin around the eye area.  It is supposedly safe for sensitive skin, but for me I had to build up a tolerance for this eye serum because it was making my under eye area feel tingling and a burning sensation.  I can wear it in the daytime now but every now and then I still feel some tingling, but I’ve only been using it for a couple weeks now.

Right now as far as I can tell it’s taking some time too get used to the product.  Again this is my first time in many years using retinol on my face.  So if your first time users of using retinol you will experience tingling, burning sensation maybe even a little irritation around the eye.  Try to build your tolerance to it by using it only at night time or every other night or what ever is comfortable for you.

You must wear sunscreen because in order to get the best results like glowing skin sunscreen will at least protect your skin and help with the results you want to get from your creams. Plus retinol is fairly strong and may cause sensitivity so wear the SUNSCREEN!

Thank you for reading my post and I’ll see you nextweek. Have a good day my beauties!

This entry was posted on October 14, 2017, in Skincare.

Upping My Cleansing Game with Clarisonic

clarisonic review

What do you do when you are given a cleansing device that supposedly cleanses your skin six times better than your hands?  What’s wrong with using my hands?  I mean I’ve used them this long?  So what’s so special about this cleansing device?  That’s when me being open minded came in handy and I’d just dove right in.

So not only does it deep clean your skin, you will use less cleanser and your face treatments such as your serum and moisturizer will work better to give you that beautiful, glowing skin that you always wanted.  Well do you think it worked?  Did I get those results that I’ve longed for and have been chasing for many years?  Well read on to find out more about the cleansing devise that I awkwardly started using many years ago.

Clarisonic Mia two cleansing device

3-4 years ago when I received the clarisonic cleansing devise they only carried three devices at the time.  It was only sold in Sephora and now in shoppers.  Now they have many types of cleansing devices to choose from as well as a makeup brush and also many brush heads to choose from.

The one I currently have is the Mia two which has two speeds.  First speed is gentle and the second speed is a bit more vigorous for cleansing.  I honestly thought it would slow down my cleansing routine but I am happy to say that I actually enjoy washing my face now.

Weird right?  I mean it’s only adding to your cleansing routine, what is so different about this device?  Well it only takes a minut

clarisonic review

e and at each part of the face there are a certain amount of seconds before it vibrates to let you know to move on to another part of a face.  The rule of thumb is 20 seconds on the forehead, 10 seconds on each side of the face which are your cheeks and 20 seconds for the T zone area.  Plus it will accept any type of cleanser whether it’s a creamy or gel type, it ensures that you get the best results possible.

It’s definitely results I have gotten from this device.  My black heads have been reduced, my pores are definitely smaller and overall my skin is more uniform.  I seriously cannot wait to wash my face because I know it will help to brighten and also helps with my breakouts when I have them.

I have personally seen a difference in my skin.  When I first received this device I did cleanse my skin with it twice a day.  Now I just use it once a day when it’s colder and twice a day during the warmer season or when my skin is breaking out or looking a little dull or tired.

My choice of brush heads have also varied over the years.  So far I have used the one for acne prone skin, normal skin and my current one, the radiance brush head has been my current favorite one for the last couple years.

Now there are many different cleansing devices out there.  Just be sure to do your research on these devices as they are not that cheap!  Find one that is right for you and get cleansing.  Have a good day my beauties!

This entry was posted on October 7, 2017, in Other.

My Lip Obsession Continues!

 

lip balm review

You should know by now I love all things lips.  Lip balms, lip gloss, lipstick, lip treatments and the elusive lips masks that I have yet to try.  But now that the seasons are changing my lips will be getting drier and more chapped unfortunately.  So I need 24/7 care on my lips during the fall and winter season.  I’m just going to dive right into my reviews of the two lip balms I’ve chosen and hopefully will last through the fall/winter season.

Clarins moisture replenishing lip balm

Clarins is based in France and they take a natural, botanical approach to their skincare which I love because who wants to put chemicals on their face all time?  I have used several products from this company before and I’ve loved every one of them.

I have used this lip balm in the past and I am going back to it because it really does moisturizing keep my lips looking plump and healthy looking.  This lip balm contains Shea butter and rose walks to really keep lips hydrated and moisturized.  It does contain mineral and castor oil which I think they really don’t need as a kind of makes the balm slippery but not sure if that’s the roles wax that’s making it that way as well.  It has a soft pinky hue too it but it goes on clear and gives you a semi matte finish.  There is a soft rose scent to it but it disappears quickly after application.

I do use it alone or under my lip gloss to give me extra moisture.  Because of its moisturizing power it really does keep my lips looking its best all the time.  I can even forgive the fact that it is a bit slippery because of its healing powers I am willing to try again.

maybelline lip balm review

Maybelline baby lips Dr. Rescue

Remember when these lip balms first came out they were everywhere?  I had a couple of these in my makeup drawer, used one and forgot about this one.  Now that I have found it it will be used for sure.  Here is the details on this one.

The Dr. Rescue is different from the other baby lips lip balm because it is medicated and specifically to help with dry, chapped lips.  The reason why it is a different is because it contains menthol and eucalyptus to help soothe and cool lips.  Because of these two ingredients it has of fairly strong scent and you do feel a cooling and tingling sensation on your lips.  That sensation does go away but the scent of it takes awhile to dissipate.  It may not be bothersome to some people, but for me I found it fairly strong and kind of hard to layer other products that may have a scent as well.  But the other ingredients such as Shea butter and honey helps to nourish and moisturize the lips.

It does really moisturize my lips and I find it comfortable.  Plus the affordability of this lip balm means I can put up with the smell.  I just pair it with a lip gloss that doesn’t have a strong scent to it and the added gloss from this balm gives you extra shine with the gloss.

When it comes to anything in beauty whether its $5.00 or $20.00 be open minded and give it a try.  You may just have found your next greatest find.  I’ll see you next week my beauties!