STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum
What Else You Need to KnowStore your serums in a cool, dark place—not your hot, steamy bathroom—to keep the active ingredients potent from the first drop to the last. Use within 12 months once opened, or keep it on your vanity unopened for up to two years.
Ingredient Spotlight w/ VERSED Anti-Aging Bundle
I tried the youth preserving “bounce back bundle” from VERSED (at Target) for 15 days! Here are my thoughts. ✨ VERSED - ON THE RISE FIRMING SERUM Ingredient of Interest: Resveratrol Function: anti-aging antioxidant found in red wine, well studied in the lab for anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic (melanoma), anti-UV properties. Price: $19.99 for 1 Oz Comments: No real complaints about the serum itself, the formula sits on the face comfortably, doesn’t pill or sting. The packaging is minimal but feels a little cheap because of the plastic. I don’t love that the opening doesn’t have a protective mesh barrier to keep impurities from getting into the bottle with use. I haven’t noticed any drastic changes to my skin after two weeks but I don’t mind it in my skincare routine. VERSED - ZERO-G Smoothing Eye Cream Ingredient of Interest: Eyeliss Peptide Triad (HMC, PT-7, and Dipeptide-2) Function: increases lymphatic circulation, reduce “bruising” and blood vessel issues associated with dark circles. Price: $17.99 for 0.5 Oz Comments: I was first drawn to the eye cream because it’s formula (Eyeliss), known in medicine for reducing bruising. I do think this eye cream works much better for me in reducing dark circles than caffeine does!! The cream is not too thick upon application but it does leave an immediate warming (burning for some) sensation which may be concerning for sensitive skin. It’s strange because we can’t really avoid the eye area if it’s meant to be an eye cream! I have noticed results in the past two weeks, however, and will continue to use this! The packing is again plastic and the tiny inside lid fits awkwardly onto the container but it’s something I’m willing to overlook if the formula works. Not badly priced for an eye cream either. VERSED - THE SHORTCUT Overnight Facial Peel Ingredient of Interest: Glycolic and Lactic Acid Price: $9.99 for 0.5 Oz Comments: As I’ve mentioned in a different post, as a regular AHA user, the glycolic and lactic acids are way too far down the ingredient list for me to notice a huge different to my skin but it’s a great intro product. It’s a gentle night cream, essentially sits like a lotion. I am not repurchasing as I can’t justify the price for the amount of product I’m getting- there are far better options out there. Love the sleek packaging though! VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum Ingredient of Interest: Vitamin C derivative (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) and Niacinamide Price: $19.99 for 1 Oz Comments: I only got a sample of this bestselling serum- overall I have no complaints but it didn’t wow me either. I know there are more economical options out there but one perk is that you get Vit C and Niacinamide in one serum! It’s a thicker consistency than other Vit C serums I’ve tried but I wouldn’t say it’s more hydrating- in fact, I actually felt that it was more drying than I’m used to.
VERSED-Bounce Back Youth-Preserving Bundle
Reflecting on 2020
2020 is coming to a close. I think we are all very hopeful for a better 2021. 2020 has been challenging year. But, as hard as it has been for me having a newborn & a toddler at home during two lockdowns now (Ontario is officially locked down today again), it has also given me LOTS of time with my kids, a HUGE appreciation for stay at home moms, and appreciating all the things I took for granted like seeing friends & family at Christmas. Here’s my @cherie2020 Top 5 1. Product My favourite has been SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment I received it in a sample bag from Sephora and was blown away by the results. It’s a 7 % lactic acid treatment in a milky serum consistency. It also contains licorice root extract. You really can notice it smooth & brighten your skin in 3 minutes! I haven’t bought the full size yet. It retails for $112 CAD for 1oz. But when my sample runs out I think this one is worth the money! (The sample is .25oz and I’ve been using it once a week for about 6 weeks and I might have one use left) 2. Trend Does Vitamin C count as a trend? I only started my skincare journey 6 months ago. I didn’t really know anything about skincare ingredients. Now I’ve bought two Vitamin C serums, an eye cream, and face wash! Vitamin C is powerful antioxidant that helps give you brighter, tighter, and overall more radiant looking skin. I definitely have noticed a difference since starting use to Vitamin C serums! VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum SUNDAY RILEY - C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum(haven’t started using) OLE HENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crème OLE HENRIKSEN - Truth Juice Daily Cleanser 3. Best Look My best book would have to be my everyday 5 minute natural make-up look (see earlier post). Before I started my skincare journey in the summer, I was maybe washing my face in the shower and putting on lotion. Definitely no make-up. I looked tired and dull. Now I take care of my skin, so even without make-up I look brighter and I also take 5 minutes to put on a little make-up, even if it is just to walk the kids to the park and it makes me feel a lot better about my appearance. CLINIQUE - Moisture Surge Sheertint Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 25 SEPHORA COLLECTION - Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer Milk MAKEUP - Lip + Cheek CLINIQUE - High Impact Lash Elevating Mascara CLINIQUE - Just Browsing Brush-on Styling Mousse 4. Favourite Creator on Cherie I might be biased because I won a great giveaway from her, but I really love following @JadesJourney I really enjoy her intersection between skincare and wellness. Check her out! 5. Something I learned The biggest thing I learned this year is not only can I find the time everyday to take care of my skin but that I look forward to it! Happy New Year!
OLE HENRIKSEN-Banana Bright Eye Crème
My Take on VERSED Vit-C🍊
After I emptied my bottle of I DEW CARE - Bright Side Up Brightening Vitamin C Serum Cost 25$ 1oz. @ Ulta Which I loved! I just wanted to try the new brand Versed line at Target. And where better to start than with vitamin C 🍊! So I went and picked up VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum Cost-19.99$ 1 oz. @ Target 🎯 CLAIMS 😏 Light weight, never tacky serum to help firm, hydrate, and strengthen the skin. Contains vitamin C for brightening and anti-aging a Contains licorice root and palmaria palmata extract for skin lightening properties. Also has niacinamide which helps even your skin tone. Contains hyaluronuc acid too!! Vegan & cruelty free! 🐭 For all skin types. MY EXPERIENCE 😊 So far I am not hating it! It does not smell like typical licorice it is a very faint smell. Slightly sweet. The texture is a tad thicker than the I Dew Care serum. You only use about 2-3 drops 💦 and gently pat it into your skin. BUT! It is sticky as you pat it around. So that claim is a bust....I don’t mind it and it doesnt stay that way. Does it do a better job than my late bottle of I Dew Care serum??? Honestly I think it’s about the same and it’s slightly cheaper. Only reason I gave 4 ✨ is because I favor the floral scent of I Dew Care. We will see how things are when I empty the bottle....it may sway me into a repurchase.
I DEW CARE-Bright Side Up Brightening Vitamin C Serum
My top tier serums for combo skin 🏆
Serums are a crucial part to every well designed skincare routine. Serums are designed to deliver high concentrations of specific active ingredients to the skin. Nowadays there are many options out there that adjust to every budget and skin concern you may have. For me, I like having a serum to treat dullness, brighten, enlarged pores, and lately, to help my skin maskne-free. I’ve been using these serums for a while and I really like them, let me tell you why! 🧴 PEACH & LILY - Glass Skin Refining Serum I love this so much, I think this is my second bottle and I actually just ran out of it! This is holy grail status for a lot of people and with reason, the ingredients are amazing. Niacinamide is one of my favorite skincare ingredients, it offers so many benefits and works well for most skin types. It also includes madecassoide and hyaluronic acid for moisture, I love that it’s light and hydrating at the same time, my dehydrated a** loves that 😌 Its $39 for 40 ml but it’s constantly on sale at Ulta! 🧴 VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum Versed is a brand that’s grown on me, they have nice formulas for accessible price points, everything I’ve from them has worked well for me and I think it’s a good gateway brand if you’re just getting into skincare! This little bb also includes niacinamide and vitamin C, which were thought to be a big no-no to mix but it turns out they actually work really well together. This works great to treat uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. If you’re new to skincare and need something that works but isn’t very pricey I think this is a good choice for you! It’s $19.99 for 1 fl. oz and you can find the brand at Target. 🧴 VERSED - JUST BREATHE Clarifying Serum I bought this recently to treat maskne specifically and I’m very pleased with it! The ingredient list caught my eye because I know willow bark extract works very well for me, and zinc is greatly known for its anti inflammatory properties and it could prevent clogged pores. Its very light and watery in texture, and it’s not sticky! 🧴 Mad Hippie - Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum this serum is amazing! It exfoliates with glycolic acid and lactic acid but also nourishes with goji berry extract and ceramides! Ceramides are lipids that help form the skin’s barrier and help skin retain moisture. I love that this is gentle enough to use every other night, but potent enough to help my skin look more radiant and combats dullness. It’s $34.99 for 1.02 fl oz, so not really super affordable nor super expensive, it’s a happy medium I’d say but it’s completely worth it. I believe this is also sold at Ulta, don’t quote me on that tho. And there you have it, my current serums I keep on rotation!
PEACH & LILY-Glass Skin Refining Serum
Lacklustre Skin? Try A Stroke of Brilliance
Versed just launched in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart and I’m so glad! I kept seeing reviews for their products and was so jealous that I couldn’t get my hands on them. This is one of the two products I’ve purchased by them so far. I love vitamin C serums so I had to try this first. VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum About the Serum: + This serum contains vitamin C, licorice root, palmaria palmata extracts (skin-lightening agents that inhibit pigmentation), and niacinamide + This is a light-weight serum, aimed to brighten & even your complexion, as well as firm and hydrate your skin + It’s ideal for those who wish to treat hyperpigmentation and fine lines & wrinkles How to Use: + Use in the AM after cleansing and before moisturizing + Press 2-3 drops into almost dry skin and let absorb for about 2 minutes + It’s suggested to keep this stored in a cool, dark place to keep active ingredients potent My Thoughts: I haven’t been using this long enough to see any results but I’m enjoying it so much. I apply this in the AM after I’ve cleaned my skin and applied, for example, hyaluronic acid, and before I apply my moisturizer and eye cream. I love that it’s not tacky and absorbs nicely into my skin. It does give my skin a fresh appearance immediately after using. I also don’t notice any scents, which is good if you’re sensitive to scents :) This retails for I think $26 CAD (I can’t remember lol) and you get 30 mL. I 100% recommend. My skin type is normal and haven’t noticed any adverse reactions.
VERSED-STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum
My mini @versed collection 🖤 I wanted to take this time to do two small reviews and a first impressions on these products. REVIEW: ⚡️Just Breathe - Clarifying Serum: I have been using this product for about a month now and wow, the improvement in my acne is incredible. I have very dry/sensitive/acne-prone skin and this serum does an AMAZING job at calming down all my acne, reduces the redness in my skin and I just love how gentle it is on my skin. I will be using this product for a VERY long time. I need to stock up on my few bottles soon. ⚡️ The Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel: Okay so at first I was very skeptical about this product. I wasn’t sure how well this peel would work for me, but then again I’m not familiar with peels because I never bothered to give them a try. Let me tell you.. I am so happy I bought this product. I’ve been using this twice a week for the past 3 weeks and my skin the next morning, is GLOWING. It’s perfect for acne-prone sensitive skin. Another amazing product from Versed that I will re-purchase once I finish this tube. FIRST IMPRESSION: ⚡️Found the Light - Powder w/ Vitamin C ⚡️Stroke of Brilliance- Brightening Serum: I just bought these this past week and had the chance to use them twice so far. With these type of products, you see results with a more consistent/long term use, so nothing was seen immediately, but it didn’t further irritate my acne at all, which makes me very happy. I can already tell I am going to love these two products the longer I use it. What is your favorite versed product? 😍
VERSED-FOUND THE LIGHT Powder With VC
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