04 May, 2016

When Glamour Base and Travelmate Sheet Masks Reviews

Girls and guys, I have to tell you about two recent skincare discoveries that are phenomenalWhen's Glamour Base and Travelmate sheet masks!

As some of you may already know, I went back to working at a full-time, Monday-Friday job last month, after two years of staying home full-time to take care of my sons. The change in my daily schedule really took a toll on my skin, so When's sheet masks have really been a Godsend!

Today, I will talk to you about the two super awesome masks that have quickly become my favorites: Glamour Base and Travelmate!

But first, let's get to know When masks a bit better! They are sheet masks that are made to fit over your face, with openings cut out for your eyes, nose, and mouth. Each sheet is soaked in amazingly good-for-your-skin ingredients, which I wear for 30-45 minutes, before rubbing the remaining serum into my skin. There is no rinsing required!


Let's look at the Glamour Base mask: this one is perfect for when you have a special event to go to, and want your skin to look extra glowy, and your makeup to look extra gorgeous! But hey, you know what? I think that every day should be treated as a special event, so treat yourself to a When mask as often as you like!

One morning, I woke up a little bit earlier than usual, so that I could treat my skin to a pick-me-up treatment before getting dressed and doing my makeup. So, I took a shower, and while my skin was still damp, I placed When's Glamour Base over my face, and relaxed with a steaming-hot cup of English Breakfast tea. 45 minutes later, I emerged as a beautiful swan. Okay, not literally a swan, but my skin was sooo smooth and glowing! The makeup glided on beautifully, and lasted all day, too.

When's Glamour Base Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Colloidal Platinum, Ginsenosides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Adenosine, Fragrance, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.


When's Travelmate mask is great for when you are traveling, because it helps your skin recover from the sun, wind, and dry air. However, you don't have to wait until you're actually traveling to use the mask! For example, after you've had a very fun day outside, especially now that the weather has warmed up, or after a long night of partying, or a long day at work, Travelmate is suitable, as well. Heck, or even after a long day of chasing the kids around! 

This weekend has been very hectic for my husband and me, since we spent both days cleaning the house, while ensuring that our boys still received enough love and attention from us. This left me without much time to rest, so I treated myself to When's Travelmate because, you know, I needed it! My skin was seriously in need of some TLC. 

I put the mask on and fell asleep with it still on my face, because I was so exhausted. When I woke up an hour later, my face wasn't as swollen or fatigued-looking, and my skin looked more alive. Overall, I just looked and felt very refreshed, and my skin felt so much softer and supple, too.

When's Travelmate mask ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Archilea Millefolium Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Colloidal Platinum, Ginsenosides, Fragrance, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

So far, I've been very impressed with When's sheet masks. While I love going to the spa for some R&R, it is just not something that I can easily do right now. Going to the spa means that I would have to drive for 45 minutes (sometimes 1 hour, if traffic is bad), dealing with rude drivers, finding a place to park my car, and by the time I'm relaxed enough from receiving a facial from the esthetician, it's time for me to pay her $100 + $25 tip, get back in my car, commute home for 45 minutes to 1 hour, dealing with traffic jam and rude drivers, and becoming stressed all over again. For me, it's just not worth spending $125 only to end up feeling even more stressed out than I did before my spa treatment! I'd rather pour myself a glass of Merlot or cup of hot tea, and relax in the comfort of my own home with a mask, lol. ;-)


Other interesting facts about When:

What they are formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 


What else you need to know:
When's masks are vegan and gluten-free.


Where to buy: When masks are available in many regions and countries! Click HERE to find a store near you that carries them.

*When's masks were sent to me to try. All opinions stated here are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.



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14 April, 2016

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum Review

Hi, friends!
I am so excited to talk about a serum that I've been using over the past few weeks, to great results: Valentia's Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum!

What does this serum do? Well, it does a lot!



Valentia's Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum promises to:
  • Renew the texture and tone of your skin.
  • Deeply moisturize.
  • Minimize fine lines.
  • Increase elasticity.
  • Brightens & plumps fine lines.
  • Evens hyperpigmentation.
Does the serum work? Absolutely! The magic is in the ingredients and what they do:
  • Wakame bioferment (seaweed): increases skin oxygen consumption to detoxify and boost antioxidant defense.
  • Gotu Kola: lessens the appearance of scars and increases skin firmness.
  • Lactic Acid: a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases cell turnover, for healthier renewed skin.
  • Licorice: lightens unwanted pigmentation and and corrects skin discoloration.
  • Argan oil: naturally rich in Vitamin E, this oil reduces water loss and protects skin's resiliency and elasticity.

My experience: Whoa, this serum works, for sure! As with all effective skincare, you should be patient, as Valentia's Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum is something that provides long-term results.

I apply this serum all over my face in the morning, wait for two or three minutes, and then apply my usual skincare. When I washed my face at night, my skin felt incredibly soft yet firm. After ten days of daily use, my skin looked much brighter, as well. 

I use a full pump on each side of my face, follow by a moisturizer and sunscreen. Remember, since this serum promotes cell turnover and brings forth newer, younger skin, it is very important to protect it from the sun in order to prevent further damages.

Texture: light with a milky appearance.

Scent: citrus from natural orange water, but fades away as soon as you apply the serum to your face.


Do I recommend it? Absolutely. Just look at the list of impressive ingredients! I get the same results that I got with Sunday Riley's lactic acid-based "Good Genes" serum, except that that one is $105, versus the $35 that Valentia charges for theirs. 

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum ingredients: Citrus Aurantium (Orange Hydrosol), Organic Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Stem Cells, Sodium Lactate, Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Organic Licorice, Wildcrafted Arnica Montana, Organic Argan Oil, Proprietary Protein Amino Acid Blend, Acrylates /C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidopentanoic Acid, Clementine Essential Oil, Camellia Oil, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Proprietary Wildcrafted Blend, Alcohol, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol. 

Cost: $35

*The masks were sent to me, free of charge, to review. All opinions stated here are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.

What serum are you using this Spring?
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10 April, 2016

UNBIASED Review: Does the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara Work?

If you're like me, you've been seeing Younique's Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara system all over the internet ever since 2013. And, if you're like me, you might have been either curious or horrified by the before-and-after pictures posted by women with clumpy, spider-like eyelashes.

Before we go any further, let me tell you one thing: those women with horrible eyelashes did not know how to apply the mascara properly, and used a very heavy hand. I sincerely believe that it was due to user error. However, I've gotten a bit ahead of myself here, so let's back up a little.

Last week, I shelled out $35 ($29 for the mascara system + $6 shipping) of my own money for the mascara system, and I have to tell you, it was the best decision that I have ever made. The mascara system is extremely easy to use, and definitely gives me the desired results every time.

The version that I bought is the newest one, and arrived like this: it arrived with a Transplanting Gel, and a tube of fiber.


The Transplanting Gel is just a tinted gel that you'd apply to your eyelashes before applying the fiber. Honestly, even alone, the gel would make an excellent lengthening mascara.


While the Transplanting Gel is still wet, you'd apply the fiber over it. However, press the fiber against the back of your hand first, in order to prevent fallouts. If you want length only, apply to the tips of your eyelashes. If you want length and volume, apply over the entire eyelashes, but with a light hand! Remember, you can build it up easily, so there is no need to over-do it.


After you have applied the fiber, seal it with the Transplanting Gel again. If you'd like to add more fiber, do so while the gel is still wet, and then seal again. Remember to seal the fiber each time before adding more! Also, I'd highly recommend combing your eyelashes in between, and after you're done.


So, does the mascara system work? YES!

Let me give you my eyelashes profile: They are very short, sparse, straight, and they do not hold a curl, ever. Mascaras are useless on me, and they don't change how my eyelashes look (I tried everything, from drugstore to high-end, trust me; I had access to every mascara available in North America due to my former profession).

Lastly, I have heavy hooded eyelids -- so hooded that people think that they are monolids, but they are not. My hooded eyelids are so heavy that they push down on my natural lashes, causing them to look even shorter. So, the fact that just one application of the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes system could make my nearly non-existent eyelashes look impressive should tell you something!

Honestly, I love this mascara system because it makes me feel good about myself. I will repurchase this forever, and honestly have no desire to try anything else! It's that amazing!

Cost: $29

Where to buy: I bought mine from my Younique consultant -- Vanessa, whom I highly recommend due to her expertise, and quick response! If you have any questions, you should definitely get in touch with her! I have not been compensated in any way for this blog post, neither by Younique nor its consultant.

Have you tried Younique's Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes?
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28 March, 2016

Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere Review

The classic Chanel No. 5 perfume is still as controversial today as it was back in 1921, when it was released. The reason is because for the past 95 years, it has elicited so many extreme responses: people either love it or hate it, no in-between! However, that's also what makes it a classic.

In 2007, the house of Chanel released No. 5 Eau Premiere, a modernized version of the classic, and girl friends, let me tell you, it is fabulous. Back in 2013, No. 5 Eau Premiere was repackaged, from a tall rectangular bottle to the same bottle that the classic is in. A lot of people complained that the scent was also changed, but to me, both the 2007 and 2013 versions smelled the same (this is just according to my nose, of course). My bottle was purchased in January 2016, for reference.


So, what's the difference between the classic Chanel No. 5 and No. 5 Eau Premiere, anyway? Well, while No. 5 Eau Premiere still has the same abstract, beguiling, and futuristic qualities as the classic, it does smell so much more sparkling. If glitters and shimmers had a scent, they would smell like No. 5 Eau Premiere; the perfume just has such a crystalline quality to it.

Basically, the perfumers at the house of Chanel removed the amber and violet that are in the classic No. 5, and the result was No. 5 Eau Premiere. While I enjoy amber and violet on their own, together they smell very dated. Thus, removing the amber and violet from the formula totally brought the perfume into the 21st Century.

Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere is so fabulous, sophisticated, yet not stuffy at all. It's sparkling yet complex, and has just as much personality as the classic. The perfume is a modern classic for the modern woman. I love it.

I know I've said this earlier, but I will say it again: Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere is fabulous.

Summary: Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere smells very modern because the amber and violet -- a sweet and floral combination that could make a perfume smell dated -- are no longer present in it. The updated perfume smells sparkling and crystalline. The scent is sophisticated and reminiscent of clean skin. The lasting power is long, from 4-6 hours, depending on your skin type. After that, the scent is still there, but softer.

Who will enjoy Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere: If you like the classic No. 5, you will probably like this; the important thing to remember that the reason why No. 5 Eau Premiere smells slightly different from the classic is because it's supposed to. It's different, yet familiar at the same time, like a longtime friend who just got a face-lift. ;-) Also, if you like the scent of the classic Nivea cream, you will most likely enjoy this perfume. Of course, No. 5 Eau Premiere is much more refined, but it has that distinctive, cold quality that the Nivea scent has.

Have you tried Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere?
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24 March, 2016

Glamglow Plumprageous Lip Treatment Reviews: Glossy and Matte Formulas

Hello, my beautiful friends!
Can you believe that another week is coming to an end? I still can't believe that it's almost April. Soon, it will be my birthday. Yay! Lol. To be honest, though, after a certain age, birthdays just aren't fun anymore because I've reached all of the important age-related milestones, such as being old enough to have a driver's license, to vote, to drink, to rent a car, etc.

Anyhow, today I want to talk about lip plumping products. Okay, so I don't really have thin lips, but I love the look of pouty lips, so I was curious when I saw that Glamglow had their lip plumper in two different finishes -- glossy and matte.

Naturally, I was very curious because lip plumpers tend to be glossy, in order to trick you into thinking that your lips are fuller, yet this company actually dared to release a matte formula, so I knew that it had to be at least somewhat effective! Needless to say, I was very excited.

Glamglow's Plumprageous Lip Treatments come in sleek, silver metal tubes, like so. They are not plastic tubes that are made to look metallic, but are actually metal. I love the feel of the cold, sleek containers in my hand.


When you twist the tubes open, the applicator wands push upward, resembling syringes; the idea is to make the lip treatments seem like they are clinical products! The handle is the skinny wand.


So, you'd pull out the wand by the skinny end, and are greeted with a silicone-tipped applicator:


To be honest, the silicone-tipped applicator feels awkward and makes it difficult to distribute the product evenly and in a timely manner. I waste more time than necessary just to get the product on to my lips.


I didn't blend the products into my skin here, because I wanted you to see what they look like. In person, the matte formula is actually matte, yet non-drying. The glossy formula is long-lasting, but doesn't feel obnoxious like the other lipglosses from other brands (I'm looking at you, MAC Lipglass).


PROS:
  1. The two different formulas -- matte and glossy -- provide you with more options. You can now wear your matte lipsticks with a lip plumper!
  2. The matte formula makes a wonderful lip primer.
  3. They are effective! However, you won't see the result immediately. Wait for 30 minutes, and then look in the mirror. Also, you will see the plumping effect so much better when you apply some lipstick afterward.
  4. Glamglow Plumrageous Lip Treatments do plump up your lips by plumping up all of the lines on your lips, creating a smoother, fuller pout.
CONS:
  1. These products are pepper-based, so the sensation that you get is a burning one, instead of cooling like other menthol-based lip plumping products. This can be unpleasant for some people.
  2. These products do feel painful, so whether you can tolerate the pepper burn or not is dependent on your pain tolerance level. For me, the first few times were the worst, but now I don't find it painful anymore, although I do feel the pepper burn every time.
  3. When you lick your lips, you will taste the pepper burn on your tongue, as well.
  4. If you hate spicy food, you probably won't enjoy using these products.
  5. They plump up your lips by plumping up the lines, not by inflating your lips, although I don't think anybody should expect the latter to occur with any topical lip product.
CONCLUSION: If you want to just smooth out your lips and plump up the fine lines on them, these products are super effective. If you want Kylie Jenner's lips, then you're going to have to do what she does -- get lip injections. Expecting a topical lip treatment to do what only lip injections can do, is as unrealistic as expecting a mascara to provide the results that only false lashes can.

ADVICE: When applying the product, go outside of your lip line for a bit, so every area of your lips will be plump!

WOULD I REPURCHASE? Yes! 

Do you use a lip plumper? Which is your favorite?
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20 March, 2016

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Opium Review

For this past Winter, I have been obsessed with wearing YSL's Black Opium, which was released in the Fall of 2014, but didn't actually pick up momentum until a year later.

This bewitching perfume is as mysterious and glamorous as its black glittery bottle.


Black Opium opens with the deep, earthy note of coffee, and the sweetness of amber. Although amber is not listed as one of the notes, I can easily smell it in this perfume. The freshness of pear, white jasmine and orange blossom petals soon enter, giving this otherwise "dense" perfume a very uplifting effect.

After five to ten minutes, the pink pepper, patchouli, and cedar notes make their introduction, giving the perfume more legs to stand on. Without these three notes, I think Black Opium would be even more fleeting than it is.

Black Opium is a thoroughly modern Oriental-Gourmand. While it doesn't smell anything like the the original Opium, it does have the same addictive and bewitching vibe. Contrary to what the other perfume critics think, this is a complex and unique perfume in its own right. Black Opium is beautiful, memorable, and definitely deserves the name that it has. It is so modern yet timeless; this winning formula is YSL's answer to Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle and Dior's Miss Dior (previously known as Miss Dior Cherie): perfumes for the young, modern sophisticates.

The lasting power for this perfume is average, 2-3 hours, but those few hours are glorious, and I don't mind re-spraying because it is such a pleasure to smell it again, it's like a visit from a dear friend.

I've mentioned in previous blog posts how Rock 'n' Roll Black Opium is, and I still stand by that statement. It's something that you would wear with a black leather jacket and red lipstick.



Have you tried Black Opium?
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18 March, 2016

The Face Shop Real Nature Lemon Mask Review

Hello, friends!
I hope that you've had a great week, and will have a wonderful weekend that's coming up. How was your St. Patrick's Day, if you celebrated it? Mine was very quiet; I just had a nice dinner at home with my husband and sons.

Today, I'd like to review a sheet mask that my friend gave me recently; it's a lemon mask from The Face Shop.


This Korean mask is literally a mask made out of fiber, made to fit over your face. The fiber mask is saturated with a generous amount of serum that promises to brighten your skin, and promotes its translucency.

The instruction says to leave it on for 10-15 minutes, but I kept mine on for 45 minutes -- the time it takes for all of the serum to get absorbed into my skin. Afterward, I took off the mask and rubbed in the remaining serum, then I rubbed the actual mask itself onto the back of my hands and top of my feet (why not? If it can benefit my face, I'd like it to benefit my hands and feet, too!).

PROS:

  • Smooths out and softens my skin.
  • Pores are nearly invisible.
  • Fine lines are gone.
  • My skin looks brightened, healthy, and taut.
  • Significantly reduces redness.
  • Evens out my skin tone, making it look as though I'm wearing foundation, even though I'm not.
  • If used at two to three times a week, I can see this mask giving long-term results.
  • Contains hyaluronic acid.
  • Contains fruit and botanical extracts.
  • Suitable for normal, oily, and dry skin types.
CONS:
  • Contains parabens (if that is an issue for you).
  • Contains fragrance (the scent is very light, however, and once the mask is on my face, I can no longer smell it).
  • Contains denatured alcohol.
  • Contains silicone.
The Face Shop Real Nature Lemon Mask INGREDIENTS: Water, glycerin, lemon fruit extract, butylene glycol, alcohol denatured, betaine, sodium hyaluronate, xanthan gum, hydrogenated lecithin, dimethicone, phaseolus radiatus extract, betula platyphylla japonica bark extract, rumex crispus root extract, carbomer, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, triethanolamine, methyl paraben, propyl paraben, fragrance.

Where to buy: Amazon, eBay, and of course -- you may Google for small online shops that sell them. 

If you enjoyed this review, and would like to see more reviews of sheet masks and Korean skincare products in general, I highly recommend Naturel Belle Femme. She also posts really cute and inspirational nail arts!

By the way, has anybody else tried the new limited edition drink from Starbucks, called Cherry Blossom? It is so delicious! I don't know about the availability in other countries, but in the United States, it's available through 3/20. Go get it now! It's a creamy strawberry frappuccino, with matcha sauce glazing the inside of the cup, topped with whipped cream, and a light dusting of matcha powder. So delicious!


Have you ever used a sheet mask? How often do you use one?

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