A honest review of Elixir eye cream
Recently I have been trying a new eye product, the Enriched Wrinkle Cream from Elixir, which is a brand of Shiseido company. I have used it for a while and here are some thoughts that may be helpful for you to decide whether you are suitable for this product.ELIXIR - Enriched Wrinkle Cream I am 22 right now and my main purpose of using eye cream is anti-aging and let wrinkle appear as late as possible. As for my skin type, I have normal to dry skin depending on where I live, and right now it’s really hot in my city so I prefer products that can be absorbed quickly and provide basic moisturizing. I usually don’t trust products that claim to deliver multiple solutions, and I am obsessed with ingredients recently and retinol can create hyaluronic acid and improves wrinkle. And here are my opinions about this products and things you need to know before purchasing. First of all, I think it is more like an anti-wrinkle serum rather than an eye cream, because the pure retinol formulation is not for everyone especially those who have sensitive skins. Retinol is effective on dealing with wrinkles, no matter they are eye wrinkles or smiling lines, and you need to build tolerance by using it every other day at first and remember to use sun cream if you use it in the morning. Secondly, even it is not the fresh-formula type of eye cream, it can be absorbed quickly. And since the retinol ingredient may dry and irritate the skin, I recommend to have a skin test on your neck or skin behind ear if you have really sensitive skin. For me, I'm not very sensitive to such ingredient so I don’t have any irritation or dryness, maybe because I've used other face products with retinol before, but it will never be too cautious to your skin. At last, I want to share my opinions about anti-wrinkle. If you don’t have wrinkle right now like me, you can start using to prevent it; if you already have a few, you can still using this kind of products to improve this condition. The most important part of skincare is using products properly and persistently. In a word, if you want to try retinol and don’t have very sensitive skin, it is a pretty good product to have a try. Btw, I need to mention that I like the design of the applicator - tube. It's quite convenient to take the cream - simply squeeze the tube.
ELIXIR-Enriched Wrinkle Cream
What I like & dislike of Fenty Beauty face products
Rihanna created Fenty Beauty, focusing on a wide range of traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, developing formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades. So when the brand came out I was very excited. And today I want to share some face products that I bought several months ago and share my thoughts. Let’s start with the primer and foundation that created for normal to dry skin type. The Pro Filter Hydrating Primer is a lightweight, hydrating primer with grape seed oil and sodium hyaluronate inside for a silky-smooth finish. I have dry skin and I can feel the hydration after applying it, but I don’t think it will last all day. However, the packaging and the smell of it is really nice, so I can give it 4/5 and I quite like it. FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Hydrating Primer About the Hydrating Longwear Foundation, I am not a fan of it. As you can see in the picture, I use it after the primer and it still looks dry even it has fluidity. The description says it will give a hydrating, natural finish with medium-to-full coverage. I admit that the coverage is pretty good and it is easy to blend, but it is not hydrating for me and I can see it sticking in my smiling lines after only 3 to 4 hours. So I am thinking maybe it will have better performance during hot summer weather. I can give it 3/5 and I don’t think it met my expectation. FENTY BEAUTY - Pro Filt'r Hydrating Longwear Foundation Now it turns to highlighters. The first one is the Diamond Bomb-How Many Carats?!, which is a highlighter with pure platinum sparkle and no base color at all. So, I think it can be used for all skin tones. Even it is full of glitters, it features a unique jelly-powder formula and feels like oily based. However, it squeezed and off the pan right now and I didn’t drop it for sure. So, considering the risk of off pan, I can give it 4/5 and a like. FENTY BEAUTY - Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil The next is a mini highlighter I bought in a set with a lip gloss. It is a Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter named Hu$tla Baby, which is a golden champagne shimmer. It feels super soft and shiny. The size is also perfect for traveling. Even the shade is not very special, it is still beautiful and can match different kinds of makeup. I can also give it 4/5. FENTY BEAUTY - Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter So these are my thoughts about the products I bought from Fenty Beauty, and each of them I did a lot of work before purchasing. Hope my reviews can be helpful for you!
FENTY BEAUTY-Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil
Sunday Riley C.E.O. collection: serum or oil?
Sunday Riley is famous for its revolutionary formulas that offer fast and visible results, and the brand consistently dedicates itself to keeping products safe, green, and adaptive to consumer's needs. Vitamin C is an essential part of skin health, contributing to photoprotection and would healing, so it is an excellent ingredient for brightening skin and diminishing dark spots like new acne marks. The Vitamin C used in this collection is called THD Ascorbate, which is highly stable and oil soluble. However, VC can cause dryness of skin and does not replace sunscreen, so hydration is essential after VC products and sunscreen is a must if you need to go outside. Today I want to share two of their C.E.O products and focus on the differences between them. Let’s talk about the face oil first. It is called C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil, which is $40 for 15ml and $80 for 35ml. That is an instantly absorbing face oil infused with advanced VC (THD ascorbate), turmeric, and evening primrose oil. What I love about this oil is that it’s helpful to my uneven texture and new acne, and I prefer using it in the evening because it is oil-based. But there is something I don’t like. For example, sometimes I would apply lotion with hyaluronic acid first after washing face, and when I rub the oil on my face it will not be absorbed. So I recommend using some light toner before this, and it may not suitable for oily skin type. Besides, I don’t really like the smell of it, so I would give it 3.5/5. SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil Then let’s talk about the C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum, $85 for 30ml. This is a fast-absorbing serum infused with 15 percent THD ascorbate to fight the look of dullness, dark spots, and discolorations, while instantly increasing brightness and luminosity. There is also golden turmeric inside that is helpful to improve the look of surface redness and skin evenness. I really like this product because I can see the results only in one day! And it is absorbed quickly and not sticky at all. The only thing needs to note is that moisture is important if you have dry skin like me. I can give it 4.5/5, and I think I will repurchase it. SUNDAY RILEY - CEO 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum Overall, I love the serum better, and I hope this will help you make decisions.
SUNDAY RILEY-C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil
Shiseido set from Sephora
Today I want to share the Shiseido set I redeemed from Sephora with 500 points, which includes an eye cream, a serum, a sunscreen and a cleansing foam. It is nice to try some new staff by sets because they are usually cheaper and include products that sell well. The first thing I really love is the Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream, it sells at $70 for 15ml, and there is 5ml in the set, which I can use for almost a month because I only use eye creams at night. It is an anti-wrinkle eye cream and has visible results for my dry lines under the eyes. It is quite thick so I love it because I have dry skin, and it may not be suitable for oily skin. SHISEIDO - Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream The next thing I got is a 10ml Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate. I already used up one 50ml bottle, which is $110. The description says it is a fast-absorbing serum for all skin types that hydrates, strengthens and firms, and also boosts the effects of any moisturizer layered over the top. It is a featherweight fluid and contains ginkgo, shiso, thyme, and lotus germ that will smooth the skin. I think it does make my skin more moisturizing and won't conflict with other products I used afterward, but I didn't notice the firm part. It's definitely suitable for all skin types, but the price is a little high in my point of view. SHISEIDO - Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate There is also a 7ml Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Face Sunscreen inside, which is a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 42, and the price is $35 for 30mL. It’s like liquidity rather than cream as the picture showed, and it dries really fast. I think it’s for normal, oily and combination skin types with a fresh, matte finish. For me, I would like to use it in summer or use a hydrating primer after it before makeup. SHISEIDO - Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 42 The last thing is a 50ml clarifying cleansing foam worth $36. It is a cleanser with rich foam containing micro white powder and white clay to remove skin-dulling surface cells and pollutants. I really love it because I can feel the power of cleansing and will not make my skin too dry. It smells good and is also really affordable, so I recommend you give it a try if you need a basic cleansing foam. SHISEIDO - Clarifying Cleansing Foam Those are the things I got from the Shiseido set, hope it can be helpful to you gals.
SHISEIDO-Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream
Beautiful Glitter Eyeshadow—Pat McGrath Labs or Chanel?
Speaking of eyeshadow, I usually buy palettes instead of the single one. The palettes are more convenient and can do at least one eye look like the Quad Eyeshadow Palette from Pat Mcgrath I will talk about today. So, what I expect for a single eyeshadow is that either it is affordable and can be packed together with others like the Colourpop pressed powder eyeshadow, or it must have something special like colorful glitters and can be used as an add-on. Let’s start with the Chanel #905 Electric Lame from the Omber Premiere collection, which is an exclusive creation at the end of 2018. The reason why I purchased it is the second reason I said, and it is a light champagne shade with gold, blue and green pearls, so gorgeous under sunshine. The shape is an iconic lion of Gabrielle Chanel, and it is silky, metallic and also perfect as a highlighter. The original price is $30, but it is already $50 on eBay right now, so crazy! Besides, I don’t really use it because the lion is so cool and I want to keep the shape, so I keep looking for something similar. CHANEL - Ombre Première Longwear Powder Eyeshadow I didn’t find another eyeshadow like that until I meet the Blitz Astral Quad Eyeshadow Palette #Iconic Illumination from Pat McGrath Labs. It is a four-shade palette combining the features of powder, cream, and glitter textures. The one that is really similar to the Chanel 905 is called Astral Gold Allure, and the only difference I feel is this eyeshadow has more glitter and almost without a base color. I bought this palette during the last sale of Sephora, so it cost me $52 instead of $65, so one shade is only $13, more than 50% off of 905. Besides, it is a palette, meaning you can also create a full eye look using it. Right now, Sephora has its VIP 80% sale, and it's time to try some new stuff. This palette is a great choice! PAT McGRATH LABS - Blitz Astral Quad Eyeshadow Palette - Iconic Illumination
PAT McGRATH LABS-Blitz Astral Quad Eyeshadow Palette - Iconic Illumination
Burgundy red matte lipsticks: Chanel vs Colourpop
Today I want to share two of my favorite lipsticks, and they are both burgundy red with a little berry tone inside. I bought several colors in both collections because I love the matte formulas of both. Let’s see the swatches of both. I feel like the Chanel one has more rosy and berry tones, and the Colourpop one is more like a brick red with a little berry tone. But they look really similar on lips and let me talk about more details. Let’ start with the luxury one. The Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick #116 Extreme is the color used for Poster shooting when launched at the end of 2018. The price is $38 for 3.4g. This extreme matte lipstick looks very dry, but actually, it features a non-drying texture that glides smoothly onto lips with intense, long-wearing color. As the Chanel website says, it is created with a combination of natural Rice Powder and a unique antioxidant complex —composed of Sweet Almond Oil, Sappan Wood and Vitamin E, which helps to protect lips from external aggressors. Besides, the matte black version of the signature click case is really low profile. COLOURPOP - Lippie Stix Then it turns to the Colourpop Lippie Stix #Goldie, which is only $7 for 1g, meaning if they are both 3.4g, Goldie is 40% cheaper than the Chanel one. The formula feels similar to #116 on lips, delivering an ultra-matte finish with intense color with skin-loving ingredients such as mango, avocado, shea butter and Vitamin E. The shape is also nice because it is quite thin and easy to create a sharp lipliner with it. The only thing I dislike is that it is lightweight, and I always lost them somewhere so that I had to repurchase several times of this collection. Overall, I think Goldie is a great dupe for Chanel #116, no matter the shades or the formulas. And you can choose one of them depending on your need.