Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Serum and Even Better Dark Spot Corrector Review

After attending the Clinique Christmas workshop way back in November I was very curious about the two serums I tested. During December, there was a Nordstrom Clinique GWP and I decided to take advantage of that to try out the Repairwear Laser Focus Serum and the Even Better Dark Spot Corrector.

Clinique 'Repairwear Laser Focus' Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector (30 ml USD $47.50)

(Information taken from Nordstrom website)

Potent serum gives skin a second chance against lines, wrinkles and sun damage. In 4 weeks, see obvious reduction in lines and wrinkles, improved texture. At 12 weeks, the visible wrinkle-reducing power is remarkably close to a dermatological laser procedure. 63%, to be exact. Different commitment, different results. And yet impressive results, guaranteed.

Clinique 'Even Better' Clinical Dark Spot Corrector (30 ml USD $49.50)

Clinical trials this serum was comparable to a leading prescription ingredient in visibly reducing dark spots with a verified 58% improvement at 12 weeks. All skin tones started seeing results at four weeks and even traces of acne past improved. For all ethnicities.

How to use: Apply twice a day after 3-Step Skin Care System. Never forget the sunscreen. Results are guaranteed.

My Clinique arsenal
I use the dark spot corrector followed by the repairwear serum.

These two serums are very light weight and easily absorbed by the skin. They are unscented. They give me a lovely velvety feel after I apply these two.  I do see that my skin is slightly lighter and is going back to its normal colouring after my December sun activities but I have not seen my darkest sun spots fading. And I have been using this for more than a month.

So far my skin has not been acting up except for my oilies which I find hard to control and the occasional pimple.

This is my current list of skincare items I use.

From left to right:
1) Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus eye cream
2) Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus serum
3) Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector
4) Clinique Clarifying Lotion No. 3
5) Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion (Day Cream)
6) Origin's Plantscription Anti-aging cream (Night Cream)

I like how both serums feel on my face and I do feel that they do its job slowly but surely. I just don't agree with the impressive results claim.

Ratings: 3+ lipsticks

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sponsored: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream review

Clinique repairwear Laser Focus Eye Cream (15 ml SGD $70)

(Information taken from the press kit)

What it does

Repairs UV damage and protects against environmental aggressors.
Encapsulated Micrococcus Lysate - One of the most UV-resistant organisms known to science. It works over time to gradually help repair the appearance of skin damage.
Vitamin E and C - Antioxidants to help fight free radicals from environmental aggressors to prevent future damage.

Visiby improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles and overall texture.
Purified Whey Protein - Helps rebuild the skin to provide better support.
Xylinum Black Tea Ferment - Improves skin density and to help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles and smooth under eye cross hatching.
Chlorella Vulgaris, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract - stimulate natural collagen and elastin production to help plump the skin and strengthen its ability to bounce back.

I have been using this eye cream for about 6 weeks now and I think it is about time I did I review on this.

Just to recap, I do not have dark eye circles or many lines around my eyes. I am generally very happy with my eye area. My only concerns are fine lines which appear around my eyes especially when I smile. I have never had milia seeds when I use eye creams so I'm generally okay with heavier eye creams.

As it is a cream, it is slightly heavier in texture as opposed to a gel formula. So if you are into lightweight gels, you might not like this.

That being said, it is easily absorbed and I have yet to get milia seeds from this cream. After application, the area under my eye feels well moisturized and firm to the touch.

It is unscented.

I have sun spots around my eyes due to the amount of outdoor activity I do. I have yet to see the sun spots disappear even though I use this cream twice a day.

Overall, it is a nice eye cream that moisturises my eye area well. It may take more time to see whether it erases my fine lines and my sun spots.

Ratings: 3 lipsticks

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Origins Plantscription Bloggers' Workshop

I was very fortunate to have been invited by the good people at Origins to get to know more about their anti-aging range of skincare products called Plantscription.

I used to buy their bath and body products and love Ginger and A Perfect World a long time ago (before my faithless eyes turned to other products!) so this was a wonderful opportunity for me to reacquaint myself to Origins products.

Who isn't interested in anti-aging products? I dread the approach of my fortieth birthday. I am honestly afraid of looking old. To hopefully slow down this undeniable aging process, I have been looking towards anti-aging products to help me.

Plantscription has 6 products in its arsenal to help ladies.

It contains Anogeissus tree bark extract, an anti-aging ingredient.

Anogeissus extract as a potent natural wound healer and antimicrobial. Origins discovered that the extract of the bark demonstrated an excellent ability to protect collagen and help boost skin’s natural production levels of a glycoprotein called fibrillin. 

Plantscription Anti-Aging Cleanser
Plantscription Anti-Aging treatment lotion
Plantscription Anti-Aging serum
Plantscription Anti-Aging eye treatment
Plantscription Anti-Aging eye cream
Plantscription Anti-Aging cream

(Information taken from Origins website)

Plantscription Anti-Aging Cleanser

This gentle foaming cleanser with Jasmine Flowers and conditioning Oat protein helps dissolve dirt and impurities and release dead cells. Leaves skin looking radiant, smooth and youthfully alive.

Plantscription Anti-Aging serum (30 ml SGD $118)

Although it's not a prescription, in just 4 weeks nature's next generation power plant noticeably reduces wrinkle length & depth. Without the irritation. Visibly helps repair the vertical fret lines between your eyes, the stubborn furrows across your forehead and the deepening frownies that frame your mouth. Youthful "bounce" is revived. Skin is clinically firmer, smoother and more lifted-looking. And with continued use, results improve. 

Plantscription Anti-Aging eye treatment (15ml SGD $78)

As a lightweight alternative to Plantscription™ Anti-aging eye cream, this eye treatment
is a fast-penetrating gel that visibly repairs four visible signs of eye-area aging including the appearance of crow’s feet, cross hatching and crepey lids while lifting and firming saggy skin. 
Formulated with a potent combination of Anogeissus Tree Bark as well as Kombucha (fermented Black Tea), elasticity and turgor are ushered back into the age-hollowed eye area for more youthful-looking skin. Safe for all skin types. 

Plantscription Anti-Aging eye cream (15ml SGD $78)

It is a rich, ultra - hydrating eye cream that quickly absorbs and addresses four major signs of aging including crow’s feet, cross hatching lines, under eye troughs and lid crepiness, while also helping to visibly lift and firm the eye area.

Anogeissus Tree Bark helps to minimize the appearance of lines, wrinkles and creases while Centaurium
restores elasticity and bounce to flaccid eye area skin and Kombucha (fermented Black Tea) lifts and firms. 

Magnolia and Cucumber help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Hydrating plant ingredients Squalane and Jojoba moisturize. Proven safe and gentle for all skin types.

Plantscription Anti-Aging cream (50 ml SGD $110)

It is a high-performance face cream that helps address four major signs of skin aging by: visibly reducing lines & wrinkles, lifting, smoothing texture and reviving bounce. Featuring new Raspberry Plant Stem Cell Technology and the collection’s signature anti-aging ingredient African Anogeissus, the highly-effective cream visibly reverses the signs of aging. 

Other Origins products

I was given a press sample of the Plantscription Anti-Aging cream to test out. Currently I am using it in replacement of my regular night cream. I have very oily skin so am not using this in the day just yet. My first thoughts are that it is light weight and easily absorbed. I am trying my best to incorporate some massaging techniques I have learnt from the workshop but I'm hopeless. This cream has a very soothing scent I associate with a good massage so yay to that. I'll do an in depth review of the cream after I used it for a longer time.

The best part of the workshop was finally sitting down and chatting up with lovely Chantana from Everbluec (I am a big fan of her two uber cute dogs) and Kas from Shine, Shimmer & Sparkle  whom I have been following for ages. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

YSL 2012 Holiday Collection: Boreal Palette Arctic Night Swatches and Reviews

I know this post is way out dated but that is sometimes that trouble with blogging. My posts are not catching up to my shopping and acquisitions. I have this with me for close to a month now and I am not sure whether you can still find this palette. But if you can and you love blues, you need to hunt this down quick.

I own one other Pure Chromatic which is the No. 8. I like the formula enough to buy another  palette especially when there are stunning blues involved. I saw Arctic Night in some of my favourite blogs namely Zibbie Ko and The Make-up Blogette. I was deeply attracted to the deep blue and complex burgundy shade. When I couldn't find it at the airport during my Bali trip I decided to head down to Tangs Orchard to get it before they were sold out.

The palette comes in a pretty sequin pouch that flashes silver and blue.

The gold casing attracts a lot of finger prints and I notice that once in a while I need to use a cloth to give it a good rub because the gold casing looks a little dirty after a while.

The burgundy colour on the top left is a duo chrome shade that flashes deep blue at certain angles. It is gorgeous when layered over the deep blue. The icy pale blue / white has light blue sparkles.

Dry swatch

Wet swatch

Chromatics eye shadows are impressive when they are used wet. The dark colours are sheerer when used dry.

Here is a look I did with the palette using all the colours.

Bright blue used wet on the inner corners and blending out
Dark blue used wet from the outer corners blending in
Burgundy shade used dry on the crease area
Blend the burgundy so that there isn't a crisp line
Add the icy white shade on brow bone and blend with the rest of the colours. And tight line using a black liner.
Line the bottom lash line with a dark blue pencil and the inner corners with a pearly white. Curl lashes and add mascara, loads of it.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer
Burberry Sheer Foundation
Giorgio Armani Microfil Loose Powder

Burberry Light Glow in Cameo

NARS Smudeproof Eyeshadow Base
YSL Arctic Night Palette
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Noir Intense
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils in Deviant and Yeyo
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Waterproof mascara
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara

Stila Lip Liner
Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipstick Asasuou

I bought a top hat thingy to wear for a friend's wedding. DH said that I should wear a proper hat so I bought a cute red hat. Since I don't really have a chance to wear this one I thought I would goof off with it.

SGD $88. It is a worth it palette for me just because of the deep blue and burgundy shade. I experience minimal smudging and fading. I am kicking myself for not making use of the Feel Unique 20% discount to get this palette when I had the chance.

Ratings: 4+ lipsticks

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stained red lip look with Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Byzantin

I decided to wear my long neglected Chanel Allure Rouge Byzantin. Instead of a full on red, I applied it like a stain. While I was at it, I made use of my Chanel Tokapi eye shadow palette to complete my simple look.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Chanel Tokapi (taupe shade)
Make Up For Ever Aqu Liner
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill water proof mascara

Chanel Lip Liner Passion

Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Byzantin (with a finger, press colour onto lips)


Giorgio Armani Fluid Master
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
Giorgio Armani Microfil loose powder

Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter Sunny Pink

Thanks for looking!