Sampling Skincare for the Summer II

2 Jul

Hi beauties! How is your summer going so far?

Last year, I wrote a post about skincare that I was sampling for the summer.

This post is a follow-up to last year’s post, and includes products I picked up at the Beauty Boutique at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip High Shine

If you’re looking for a combination of lipstick and lip gloss, this liquid lip formula delivers a shiny, hydrated look. I tried the Red the News shade, which is a bright, true-red shade. I like the high shine feature, but would prefer a more neutral shade.

Shiseido Rouge Rouge

This lipstick is creamy, moisturizing (yes!), and long-lasting. The shade I received is called Ruby Red, which is a flattering classic red shade. The packaging for the lipstick tube is beautiful and includes a magnetic closure.

Dolce Gabbana Garden Eau de Parfum

This floral eau de parfum is fresh and sweet (very summery). It includes notes of magnolia and mandarin, coconut essence, and almond milk.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

I’ve reviewed this serum in a previous post, and was happy to get another sample. The serum contains Hyaluronic Acid, which helps to lock in moisture while you sleep.

Don’t expect to see results right away with this serum. It takes a few months before you see any changes.

Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara

I love the Hook ‘n’ Roll brush on this mascara. It helps to lift lashes and give them a lenghthened look. I also like that the formula contains provitamin B5, which is known for its lash-conditioning benefits.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

If you’re a skincare junkie, you’ve probably tried Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream at some point. The gel is a lightweight, oil-free version of this iconic skincare. It’s best for oily skins, or you can use it as your light summer moisturizer.

Clarins Pore Control Serum

I’ve reviewed this serum in a previous post. The serum has a light texture, which immediately absorbs into the skin. Besides the long-term results of less visible pores, it also provides an immediate blurring effect.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum

This is an ultra-light gel serum with a blend of fruit stem cells infused into Vitamin C. It also contains resveratrol to help boost and enhance skin tone and texture.

Using the sample, I didn’t see any immediate difference in my skin, but I like that Juice Beauty is an organic skincare option.

Filorga Time-Filler Absolute Wrinkle Correction Cream

Filorga is a luxury French brand that’s been around for 40 years. This cream, which is designed to be an alternative to Botox, has a tripeptide to relax features without freezing facial expressions.

You only have to apply only a small quantity in the morning and/or evening, as it is highly concentrated (this is good because it’s very pricey).

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum

This serum targets wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, and discolouration. Even though it targets many anti-aging symptoms (firmness, tone, and radiance), it’s out of my price range.

Which products are you trying out this summer? Let me know!


My Clarins RE-FRESH Hydrating Beauty Mist

4 Jun

Hi beauties!

When it comes to the spring/summer months, I like to keep a face/beauty mist handy.

My Clarins RE-FRESH Beauty Mist is a floral beauty water with Fig and Acerola seed extracts (rich in Vitamin C), and Organic Coconut water which helps put nutrients into the skin. It also contains Alpenrose extract to help flush out toxins and pollutants.

The mist is suitable for all skin types, including normal, dry, combination, and oily skin. It comes in a generous-sized bottle with a fine mist that works well at covering the face evenly.

Not only does it hydrate skin, it also acts as a makeup finisher and even adds a bit of a glow. 🌞

The only drawback I’ve found, which I can live with because I like the mist, is the floral/fruity scent which is on the strong side.

Like all of the My Clarins collection, this mist is free of the following chemicals:

  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Alcohol

When the weather gets super hot, I plan to keep this mist in my bag for a refreshing spritz on the go.


The Ordinary: High‑Spreadability Fluid Primer

6 May

Hi beauties,

Since I prefer to apply primer before foundation, I’m always open to trying one out.

While visiting the Deceim boutique in Vancouver recently, I picked up The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer.

This is the first product by The Ordinary brand which I’ve purchased, and I have to say I’m impressed.

The primer, which is water-free, comes in a lightweight serum-like formula. It enhances the spreadability of any makeup you put on and avoids uneven accumulation of pigments that may occur around the eyes and on dry skin.

It does a nice job of blurring out pores, but doesn’t feel too slippery. Overall, it did allow my foundation to stay on throughout the day. I also noticed that there was no chalky buildup, which sometimes happens with powder foundation.

The only feature of this primer I’m not sold on is the packaging, specifically, the dropper applicator. Sometimes, applying the primer gets a little messy and it ends up where it shouldn’t.

This feature won’t stop me from repurchasing, though, or trying other products from this brand since they’re so reasonably priced.

Stay tuned for more The Ordinary product reviews. 😍