Review – SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

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If you love beauty, I’m sure you’ve heard about SK-II. Bloggers, Influencers, and Editors have been raving about the company all year. Their Facial Treatment Essence has been featured in many magazines and after all the hype I heard, I finally dove DEEP into my wallet for this one.

SK-II products are different from other Asian beauty products because of the presence of Pitera, a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids. This combination of nutrients claims to improve the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process, leaving skin crystal clear and moisturized. If you want to learn more, the SK-II website explains the discovery, ingredients, culture, and science behind Pitera.

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The facial treatment essence is the brand’s top selling product, suggested by magazines and social media influencers around the world. It claims to reduce spots and the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin texture and firmness, and boost radiance. After using this treatment, your everyday serum and moisturizer is said to be better absorbed. The mini 2.5 oz bottle retails for $99.

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The liquid is enclosed in a weighted glass bottle that screams elegance, but prevents me from getting anything out of it. I kind of shake the bottle side to side in order to get a few drops out onto my cotton pad; at least I know I won’t spill too much on accident. When actually applying the liquid to my face, it feels just like any regular toner except that it has a faint smell of alcohol. After one week, I noticed my face felt firmer in the mornings and my pores were smaller, but still noticeable. However, my dark spots and discoloration did not improve throughout the week and I definitely did not see less wrinkles.
For a product that only made my face feel firmer and slightly minimized the appearance of pores, I do not think the facial treatment essence is worth the high price tag. In general I find that toners are a part of my beauty routine that I can skip spending a lot of money on; the drugstore provides great options, my favorite being from the brand Simple.
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Review – Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

I first heard of Glow Recipe when I saw Sarah Lee and Christine Chang on Shark Tank. It was my first introduction to Korean skincare and how innovative it is. Glow Recipe uses natural beauty ingredients and avoids any harsh chemicals to achieve dewy, glowy, and youthful skin. Plus, It’s totally vegan friendly and cruelty-free!

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The Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask claims to be a skin-smoothing, radiance boosting sleeping mask that helps with uneven skin tone & dullness. You can use this product two ways, 1) as an overnight sleep mask or 2) as a 10-minute wash off mask. 2.7 oz of this product retails for $45.00 on Sephora.

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First and foremost, the glass jar with baby pink accents is so cute; it’s definitely a product I would love to showcase on my countertop. The immediate thing I notice when I open the lid is the watermelon scent. It smells strongly of some watermelon candy I had as a kid, almost too strong for my own liking, but it wears off within a few minutes. The product itself has a lightweight, gel-like consistency I like very much. Two dime size scoops of this mask is enough to cover my entire face easily. It spreads almost like water and immediately feels hydrating on the skin. I personally like to leave it on overnight and wash it off in the morning.

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Usually when I wake up in the morning and wash my face, I look a little greasy from my nights sleep (probably due to my vivid dreams and skyrocketing heart rate). But when I wash this product off in the morning, my skin looks refreshed and feels incredibly smooth. After the first use I noticed my skin looking clear and bright.
I recommend the Watermelon Glow Sleep Mask for its hydrating powers and the immediate bright and soft skin results. I know the price is steep, but I’ve tried other moisturizing masks (like Glam Glow) and I think this product works way better.

Product Review: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Hi lovlies! So I know I am a bit behind on this review, but I only recently got my hands on this popular makeup remover and wanted to test it out for a few weeks before giving it my final thoughts.

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Clinique is one of my favorite brands for skin care as its formulas are generally simple and great for people with sensitive skin. Similarly, this balm is fragrance free. You get 3.8 oz of product (enough to last a few months) for the price of $29. The texture of the balm is very similar to slightly melted candle wax. While rubbing the product in-between your hands to soften it, you are left with a silky, non-greasy, non-drying formula that takes off all your makeup.

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As far as how thorough this cleanses, I find that one scoop is enough to lather my entire face. However, on heavy makeup days, it can be hard to get stubborn mascara off the eyelashes. It is important to gently focus your attention on this location to ensure all of your makeup is off. Do not forcefully rub your eyes as you can cause early wrinkles! To be completely honest, I prefer my Lancome Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover on nights that I have on a heavy eye look.

After cleansing with the balm, I still go in with my Chanel Mousse Douceur foaming cleanser that I have been using for years. It leaves my skin moisturized and ensures I got all the dirt off from the day. My final thoughts on the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is that its a winner! The simple formula leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy, and a little goes a long way!

Have you tried out this product? What do you think of cleansing balms?

Until next time,

Leila

May Favorites 2017

Favorite Fashion Pick

I’ve been noticing the color yellow everywhere this season … it’s such a vibrant and lovely shade that will always get you compliments! I picked up this BCBG dress for my cousin’s wedding this month, and think it’s the perfect outfit for any event or a fancy dinner out. The ruffles down the top-side create an elegant look, while the slit in the front eludes sexiness. Pictured in the feature photo is the open back – icing on the cake.

Favorite Skin Care

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Shiseido’s Refining Moisturizer is a lightweight cream formulated with PhytoResist Complex to boost skin’s strength to resist problems. I have sensitive skin and find this moisturizer to be gentle and incredibly rehydrating. Shiseido is known for its variety of moisturizer, but specifically for its wrinkle resistant solutions, and offer products with a range of prices up to $260.00. The refining moisturizer that I have featured is great for young adults with minor skin conditions and is the most basic formula Shiseido offers; it is sold at a price of $45.00

Favorite Jewelry

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The marble trend may be on its last run, but I could not resist purchasing these rings from H&M. I love the color white during summer, and these rings incorporate marble into different shapes and sizes. The whole set included 5 rings for the cost of $10.00. I love H&M for accessories like this!

Favorite Make-Up

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I’ve had the NARS illuminator in shade Orgasm for over a year, but only break it out in the warmer seasons (it’s a bit too dark for me when I’m pale). The liquid illuminator refreshes and enhances the skin by creating a shimmer base. I like to wear this under my BB cream to add extra glow, or use it as a highlighter when I have a nice tan. Full size product sells for $30.00

Favorite Perfume

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COCO Mademoiselle by Chanel is my favorite perfume pick for a night out. The scent includes fresh and vibrant orange, jasmine, and May rose. It has a light smell, making it perfect for summer, but also carries sexiness with it, making it my night out fragrance. The full size product retails for $72.00.

What are your favorite or least favorite items this month?

Until next time,

Leila

Product Review: LOreal Pure-Clay

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I recently picked up the revamped L’Oreal Pure Clay Treatment Mask’s at Ulta ($12.99/each) to test them out. The line includes three masks that claim to target different issues: Eucalyptus; Purify & Mattify, Red Algae; Exfoliate & Refine Pores, and Charcoal; Detox & Brighten. I used the masks three times in the past week, as recommended to achieve the best results. This product happily surprised me as I noticed improvement in my skin immediately! I totally recommend this skin care line.

The Eucalyptus mask is targeted for oily skin and claims to:

  • Draw out build-up of impurities
  • Absorb impurities and unclog pores
  • Visibly tighten pores
  • Reduce excess shine
  • Leave smoother, more mattified skin

The first thing I noticed with this mask is the firming effect it had on the skin. You can feel the mask working, and the tightening sensation lasts until the next day – incredibly impressive! After washing the mask off, I noticed my skin was smooth and clearer, which I credit to the unclogged pores.

The Red Algae mask is targeted for rough textured skin and claims to:

  • Draw out build-up of impurities
  • Unclog and tighten pores
  • Exfoliate dead skin cells and smooth imperfection
  • Leave smoother, refined skin

This is the only mask in the product line with added texture – tiny beads for exfoliating. This mask is suppose to sit on your face for 10-15 minutes before you wash off and exfoliate your face. Honestly, I don’t feel like it does anything sitting on my face, but I do feel the obvious exfoliation when washing it off.

The Detox mask is targeted for dull skin and claims to:

  • Draw out build-up impurities
  • Reduce dull skin and increase luminosity
  • Even out skin tone
  • Leave brighter skin and move even skin tone

I used this mask on my nose and chin where I notice uneven skin tone and redness around my nose. My only problem with this mask is that it is a wash off. With charcoal masks, I like to have a peel off so I can feel the dirt being pulled off. With that said, I still noticed clearer pores and brighter skin – so the mask does what it claims.

After testing out the pure-clay masks this past week, I highly recommend them to anybody. Obviously, you do not need to purchase all 3 if you do not have combination skin. Each of these masks sit on your face for 10-15 minutes before you wash them off to see clearer, brighter, and refined skin.

Have any of you tried this product? What do you think?

Until next time,

Leila