I’m not sure what part of the world you’re reading this blog from but if you’re in North America than you would know what a drawn out, cold and dreary winter we recently experienced. When winters are this harsh, skin definitely needs a surge of healthy ingredients to bring it back to healthy! I know mine does !
First, let me tell you why Hyaluronic Acid is important. HA occurs naturally in our system and keeps skin hydrated, smooth and plump. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever right? Ageing and environmental factors contribute to the decrease of HA levels and due to the loss of moisture you start to see the fine lines , dullness and uneven tone on your skin. HA helps repair the skin’s barrier and attract water to the surface, which results in a plumping effect. It’s completely safe to use even though it’s an acid. It’s not the same acid as lactic or glycolic which are used to exfoliate dead skin and sometimes can cause irritation. HA is completely safe to use on the surface of your skin.
The fragrance free serum contains 1.5% of Hyaluronic Acid ( that’s a potent amount ) and can be used morning and night, alone or under makeup. The product absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves a slight tacky feeling on the skin, but once you apply moisturiser and/or foundation, depending on your skincare routine, you won’t be able to feel the tackiness.
All the claims, L’Oréal has made with this product are true! My skin instantly felt hydrated, plumped, and looked healthy and refreshed. You would never have noticed I had dry, dull, and lacklustre skin caused by harsh winds and frigid temperatures. After 2 weeks of consistent use, my skin looked and felt more supple, hydrated and had a very nice radiant glow. My smile lines were less noticeable because my skin had extra moisture in it due to a few drops of HA in the morning and night!
More moisture = less noticeable fine lines
The HA serum is 2nd in the Revitalift Triple Power LZR product line up after cleansing and before Vitamin C serum. I would have loved to test out the Vitamin C + HA serum together, however, I had no luck in purchasing the Vitamin C serum as it was sold out in every drugstore I visited. L’Oréal Paris must be on to something if their products are selling out.
With the great results I’m seeing daily, I’ll definitely continue to use the Hyaluronic serum in my routine and at $32 per 30ML bottle it really is affordable and sustainable!
Have you used any product from the REVITALIFT line? What are you thoughts on them? Leave me a comment below as I love hearing from you!
I’m more excited than I probably should be about this post 🙂
This is my first ever empties post. I don’t know why I never did one before but here it is now.
Obviously, I’ve saved these products over the course of many months. Traditionally, an empties post is done on products used up within that month but we’re rule breakers over here so we do what we like 🙂
I did a full review on this product and you can read about it here. Bottom line is this product got me through a very harsh winter. It’s a very creamy and thick moisturizer which may turn some people off, but I loved it. It kept my skin hydrated and looked healthy and glow-y all day, every day. I ran out of it fairly quickly as I used more than I should but it just felt so good on the skin and helped me avoid the dreaded dry patches I usually get 🙂
Secret Sauce is another IT Cosmetics winner. It’s full of amazing anti- aging ingredients like peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and licorice root. You know how much I love my Hyaluronic Acid.I loved how creamy this product was as well. If I put on moisturizer and I can’t actually feel the product on my skin or if it feels runny, it turns me off of it. I need to feel like my face is being coated with the softest most luxurious cotton money can buy, and Secret Sauce feels like this! I also did a full review on this product here.
I use a lot of moisturizer during the cold months. My skin becomes extremely dry so a good moisturizer is a necessity for me Belif moisturizing bomb is a great product if you’re like me and need extra hydration to your skin. I wouldn’t say this moisturizer has any anti-aging properties, but it will keep your skin looking plump. I wrote a whole review on this product and you can read about it here.
YES to repurchase, but for the Spring / Summer I would switch to a product that has a thinner consistency as this moisturizer is really thick for warmer weather.
This line was formulated to prevent the signs of premature aging. The packaging of this product is very pretty and feminine. The Revitalizing Cream contains a blend of very exotic Korean based ingredients such as Safflower from Sancheong, Jiri Mountain that improvise skin tone and complexion ; Ginseng from Punggi and Goji Berry from Cheongyang that give long lasting hydration to the skin. I have repurchased this product about 3 times and have never been disappointed. Full review on the blog here
YES to repurchase! I am obsessed with K-Beauty and this by far has been one of my fave moisturizes. I highly highly recommend this product if you want to brighten up your complexion.
This product was gifted to me by SHISEIDO. I don’t have a lot of experience with the brand but have tried a few makeup products that I liked but, never repurchased any of them as I wasn’t totally blown away by their effectiveness. I’m not stating that they aren’t good products but they didn’t work out for me. This moisturizer on the other hand I fell in love with. I loved how luxurious it felt on my skin, and its fragrance was divine. As a night cream, it works very well as my skin felt brand new the next morning.
I can’t comment on the anti-aging effectiveness of the products as I’ve only had the opportunity to use up one bottle. The reason I never repurchased is because of the price tag. You guys, this night moisturizer is $375 CDN! For that price I better wake up with a whole new face!!! #sorrynotsorry
NO to repurchase due to the hefty price tag. It definitely is a luxurious item and feels AMAZING on the skin, that I cannot deny but I simply cannot justify the cost.
Have you used any of these products? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below.
I received such great feedback on my last post that I decided to write another one highlighting another product I believe is fundamental to achieving a flawless ( or darn close to one) complexion. I introduce to you , the world of serums.
What is a serum?
A Serum can be applied to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing. Serums are made up of smaller molecules so a well formulated serum delivers loads of powerful active ingredients directly into your skin. They literally have one job and that’s to penetrate into the outer layer of your skin to deliver these active ingredients. I like to think of a serums like boosters for your skin. Yes, of course you can do without one and you’ll be fine, but after knowing the benefits of using a serum, why would you skip it? It literally elevates your skincare regime to supreme status!
The first time I heard of IT Cosmetics, I was watching TSC (The Shopping Channel ) late one night and ordered the BYE BYE Undereye full coverage concealer. I’m always skeptical when I order something off a commercial because you never really know what your going to get. Lucky for me, I fell in love the first time I applied it!
A few years after the initial launch of BYE BYE Undereye concealer, IT Cosmetics launched Bye Bye Under-Eye Illumination Anti-Aging – Brightening Concealer. WOW that’s a long name!
The new illuminating formula still delivers the same amazing results but makes your under eye brighter for a more youthful look. I am madly in love with the new formula. Bye Bye Undereye Illumination comes in 6 shades. I have warm, olive skin so I am perfectly matched with Tan. If I tan a bit more, I would have to pick up Deep as I like to cover any discolouration on my skin with this concealer.
So here’s why I love it 🙂 It’s so thick that it doesn’t budge all day! It literally is stuck to your skin and doesn’t seep into fine lines as much as other concealers do. I won’t tell you that it won’t seep into fine lines because from my experience all concealers will do this but this one doesn’t do it as much as others. It uses “drops of light technology” so you have this amazing glow and illumination around your eyes. You look more awake so people will think you had a good nights sleep! The formula is full coverage and TRUST ME this is no lie!
It completely hides dark circles. As the formula is very thick you only need to use a small amount of the product so it ends up lasting you a long long time! I honestly love both the original BYE BYE Undereye as well as the newer Illuminating one equally.
Up next I picked up the “Your Skin But Better CC +”cream from Sephora, but truly couldn’t decide between the IT Cosmetics CC cream or another brands BB cream!
What’s the difference you ask?
A CC cream typically is lighter in texture and consistency and is used to target one main concern such as redness.
BB creams are lighter foundations that can be used as moisturizers, primers, and concealers.
I picked up the CC+ cream in shade “Tan” and “Medium Tan” to mix them both together to achieve , what I think , is my best shade. This CC+ cream was Allures Reader’s Choice award winner and I can definitely attest to it’s claims that it’s a full coverage product that doesn’t dry out your skin and does indeed address the discolouration in the skin.
I use 1 pump of “Tan” and 1/2 to 1 pump of “Medium Tan” and blend them with a kabuki brush, then apply it to my skin with a sponge. I have rednesse around my cheeks, nose area and sometimes chin. This cream covers it amazingly well without feeling heavy and I truly feel my skin is breathing under a layer of CC+ cream.
Since it has SPF 50+ skin is protected from the sun. I believe the “+” is to signify that it’s an anti-aging product…at least I believe that’s what it represents 🙂
I’m really in love with these brands, such as IT Cosmetics, that develop products that just work. Yes, I think that the prices are a bit steep especially if you are like me and need to buy 2 shades to come up with your ideal shade, however, since the products are so thick you need to only use 1 pump to achieve the desired results so the product should last longer than usual.
I’m so excited to test out a few other products that I’ve had my eye on for awhile now!
Have you tested out any IT Cosmetics lately? If so, leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you !
On my lunch break from my 9-5, I decided to take a stroll to the mall next to me which so happens to have a Sephora. Lucky me! Not so lucky for my husband 🙁
He always asks me what I did on my lunch break because it’s either 2 things:
Went to the Mall
Went to the Gym
He would like to hear ” went to the gym” more often but off to the mall I go!
You see, Sephora truly puts me in a euphoric state and I’m not ashamed to say that it is my happy place. I know I’m not the only one!
As I walked around Sephora, I stopped in front of the Huda Beauty cosmetics stand and was instantly drawn to her Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette collections. The collection consists of 11 palettes with 9 shades which are a mix of mattes and shimmers. The tones range from warm brown, mauve, smokey, and electric! They are all gorgeous and I wanted them all, but at $35 for a mini palette, I had to control my inner diva and I settled on Coral Obsessions.
I was instantly drawn to the burnt orange ,vibrant yellow and dusty pink shades. This palette is screaming SUMMER! I quickly added the mini palette to my shopping tote and went on my way.
I was so excited to get home and try on these gorgeous colours!
Amazing shades right!
Coral Obsessions Palette Look:
So, what did I think of the final look you ask ?
I am somewhat happy with the final results of the eyeshadow application.
Truthfully, I really really wanted to love this palette. I wanted to love it so much, I was going to budget for another 2-3 palettes because the shade ranges are absolutely amazing! The idea of mixing burnt orange and deep red together sounded so good in my head.
But then reality hit me…hard!
The matte shadows are very powdery, chalky and a nightmare to blend out. There was so much fall out. I was constantly dusting away the fallen shadow. The shimmery shades were better to blend but not great. I had difficulty picking up product onto my blending brush. I must have dipped the brush into each shade a good 2-3 times before I saw enough product on my brush to apply.
Did I get a defective palette?Hoping I did.
I read a few other reviews online and I think the mass opinions on the obsession palettes is in favour of them, but there are some makeup gurus on youtube who are experiencing the same issues as I am.
So here’s my final verdict on this palette:
I fell in love with the the shades , they are stunning. It’s miniture size make is so convenient for travel and Huda Beauty herself picked out every single shade in each palette. That’s pretty cool I think!
But dear Huda, $35 for a palette that you may get 3-4 uses out of it ( if that) before hitting pan due to crazy fallout is not cool ! Not cool at all . The matte shades are too chalky and the pigmentation is barely there when blending out. Even my UD shadow primer wasn’t able to save me.
But since my mamma didn’t raise a quitter and I’m always up for a challenge, I’ll give it one more try! I’ll probably pick up another palette, maybe from the smokey range, to compare the two.
If you have used any of the Obsessions Collection palettes, I would love to hear from you. Do we share the same experience? Do you like it or hate it?
Honestly I can’t complain! I have a pretty sweet gig. Sometimes a really great company sends lil ‘ol me a few products for free to sample. It’s also a better feeling when the products are actually great!
Vichy is my go-to skin care brand and it never disappoints! They recently introduced the Aqualia Thermal Serum and Gel Creme Moisturizer. This line is formulated with 97% natural ingredients and Mineralizing thermal water.
I love how the serum can be worn under makeup and doesn’t dry out my skin. I truly believe that Vichy makes the best serums on the market. My all time favourite serum is still the Idéalia Serum with is the Vichy Radiance boosting Serum. I think I’m on my 15th or 18th bottle. It’s a staple for me! Like I said, Best skincare are brand out there!
Pixi by Petra is so generous to us bloggers! This brand also never dissapoints me and I’ve grown to love the majority of the products Pixi has. If I was only able to pick one type of product form Pixi to use, it would have to be their highlighters. I absolutely adore them. They have great wearability and longevity as well they suite a variety of skin tones. Oh, I can’t forget that they really are versatile. I can use the highlighters as shadows to add a bit of colour to my lids. The new products Pixi sent me are the Glow-Y Gossamer Duo highlighters and the Liquid Fairy Lights eyeshadows.
The highlighters are another hit by Pixi. I gravitated towards Subtle Sunrise as it adds a really nice natural glow on the skin. Both highlights though felt really nice on the skin and didn’t dry me out at all even after wearing it all day.
The Liquid Fairy Lights are liquid shadows. They can be worn alone or layered to create a 3D effect. My favourite out of the 5 are the shades Rose Gold and Bare Brilliance. Layer them both for a metallic look or alone for a more subtle look. The shadows are shimmery but if you apply them with your finger and pat the colour onto your lid you would be diffusing the shimmery impact. I prefer this method of applying the Fairy Lights as I am not so keen on having metallic lids.
I’ve heard many bloggers compare the Liquid Fairy Lights shadows to Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid eyeshadows. I believe that’s a fair statement to make but I would say that the Pixi liquid shadows aren’t as concentrated in colour as the Stila liquid shadows, but for less than half the price you can achieve a similar look so why not!
It Cosmetics has been on my radar lately and I can’t be happier that I received a few products from them to sample. They recently sent me the Superhero Mascara and Superhero liquid liner.
I had originally heard of the Superhero mascara from a video Jefree Star posted online and I thought how much I would love to try it out because of the amazing review he gave. Well , the next day what do you know the IT Superhero mascara and liner show up on my doorstep! So here’s the honest honest truth. I would never ever lie to guys. So the low down is this. The Superhero mascara is the best I have tried in a very long time. I don’t know what it is but my lashes love this mascara. It literally grabs every fibre of my lashes and stretches them out to the max! It deserves the rave reviews it’s received.
With that being said….I can’t say the same thing about the liner. I know the title of this post is “… products I love”, but I have to keep it real with you all! The IT Superhero liner is good, but it won’t be replacing my Kat Von D ink tattoo liner any time soon. It glides nicely, has a sturdy fine tip and it’s a deep black, but throughout the day the liner straits to fade and transfers. The liner starts out looking good and sharp but about 3 hours in I noticed a bit of liner on my upper eyelids. I thought well I don’t have any eye primer on so I’ll try it again the next day with eye primer but sadly that didn’t help the problem. *sigh*
Esqido Lashes are mink lashes that are super wearable and are loved by loads of influencers and celebrities including Gigi Hadid, Shay Mitchell and model Candace Swanepoel. These are the VOILA LASH and add a lot of volume to your look and are one of the bestsellers on the Esqido site.
Esqido Lashes are best applied with it’s Companion eyelash clear glue! The glue has all day hold , is fast drying, latex free and can be used on sensitive skin.
The eyelash glue applicator is easy to use and one or two swipes on the lash band is all you need to secure these lashes to your natural lashes for an all day hold. I LOVE this lash glue because it dries quickly and it’s super easy to apply onto the band. Overall I am really impressed with the Esqido lashes. The variety is amazing and they feel so great on and best of all I don’t even feel that I’m wearing falsies !
I just received these two products today from Rodial, so I can’t say much about them but I wanted to include them in the post. Everything I’ve ever bought or received from Rodial has been a huge hit so don’t be surprised if I end up raving about these two products here. The Dragons Blood Micelllar Cleansing Water and Essence Mist are new to the Rodial line up so be ono the look out for a review of these two products coming soon !
I had the pleasure of reviewing a few products from IT Cosmetics recently and I wanted to share my thoughts with you 🙂
If you’re not familiar with IT Cosmetics, let me bring you up to speed. This cosmetics brand is headed by Boss Lady Jamie Kern Lima. As CEO and Founder she has made a name for herself and her products all over the globe! She has created an award winning brand of skincare and makeup that relates to real woman. Bye Bye under eye, in my opinion, was the cult product that put IT Cosmetics in the forefront of the beauty industry. This little tube of concealer is in every one of my friends makeup bag. You know it’s a clear winner when 10 women can unanimously agree that it’s the best damn concealer out on the market so far.
So of course being a loyal consumer, I was really grateful that Jamie gifted me the following products:
Confidence In A Cream – Moisturizer
This moisturizer can be used on all skin types. It’s super thick, contains antioxidants, quickly absorbs into the skin and can be used morning and night. I am a huge fan of super thick moisturizers, but I know some people aren’t. It helps when the moisturizer absorbs into the skin quickly as I like to apply my foundation in the morning right after moisturizer and since I’m most likely already behind schedule I detest having to wait for the moisturizer to absorb!
IT Cosmetics claims that the Hyaluronic Acid will plump fine lines and wrinkles and minimize pores. I do believe that’s true as I have had great experiences with products that contain Hyaluronic Acid. I noticed the moisturizer helped greatly with my makeup application as well. My foundation looks more dewy than usual, which I love!
This is a well created moisturizer if you don’t mind the super thick consistency.
Confidence In A Cream – Eye Cream
Since Confidence In A Cream – Moisturizer was such a big hit with consumers, I’m not surprised that there was a demand for a similar product specifically for the eyes!
This eye cream has quickly climbed up the ranks of my favourite eye creams of all time! For good reason too. It’s formulated with the typical anti-aging agents such as Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid and collagen but what this product has that sets it apart from the others is the inclusion of licorice root, squalene, green coffee & tea, as well the product has an apricot tint to colour correct and brighten the under eye area.
Just like the moisturizer, the eye cream absorbs quickly into the skin, so there’s no need to wait to apply concealer. I find the product allows my concealer to glide on really easily and acts as an adhesive for the makeup! I can’t tell you enough on the impact this cream has had on my under eye area. It really does brighten and plump up the skin to give you a very youthful look.
Confidence In A Cream – Cleanser
This cleanser is a really unique product as it’s a cleanser and serum in one!
It cleanses, moisturizes and hydrates your skin. I am an absolute fan as it’s really gentle on my skin. It’s sulphate free ( so won’t sting your eyes) and has Hyaluronic Acid and colloidal oatmeal. A few days ago, I had to much in the sun and I managed to get a little sunburn on my face and before I went to bed I cleansed ,as usual, and I could feel the Confidence In A Cleanser soothing my face and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the oatmeal! It Felt really good against my skin. Basically, if your looking for a well rounded cleanser that won’t dry out your skin and will help keep your skin hydrated, this one is great to include in your skincare regime!
IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce Anti- Aging Moisturizer
What is the secret in this Secret Sauce Moisturizer? Straight from the IT Cosmetics websites :
“The Secret Sauce is 7 clinically advanced, penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients that help to increase absorbency and maximize the ultra-hydrating, anti-aging benefits of Secret Sauce™. Well that doesn’t tell us much , but I can tell you that this Moisturizer is another winner for me. It’s super thick and creamy. Contains anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and licorice root. It also contains IT Cosmetics trade marked Drops of Light Technology which give you the “lit-from-within-glow” that we all crave!
I love this moisturizer as I always have a nice glow to my face when I have it on. While I have this on, I feel really confident in my natural skin so I find I don’t really need to wear any foundation. It doesn’t mask any imperfections but because it adds subtle radiance ( just in time for Summer weather) and over time helps minimise any fine lines. Again, if you are not a fan of super thick moisturizer (even quick absorbing ones) than this is not for you.
IT Cosmetics Miracle Water
This is the one product I think I’m most in love with. The Miracle Water is a 3 -in-1 is a Radiance Booster + Anti-Aging treatment + Micellar Cleanser.
So where to begin ..hmmm.
This product as a radiance booster is great as it uses some really potent skin smoothing and brightening ingredients. I apply a small amount on to a cotton pad and gently apply it to my face. I don’t rinse it off as it’s a rinse free product. The Miracle Water doubles as an anti-aging treatment as well since it has loads of anti-aging properties such as IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce Complex, Peptides, Collagen, Green Tea Water , Vitamin C and Licorice Root, so I know while I’m rocking a nice radiant glow, the Miracle Water is hard at work diffusing any fine lines I may have!
As a cleanser, dirt, oil and all impurities are trapped and removed onto the cotton pad. What I love most about Miracle Water and I’m sure many of you noticed as well if you have tried this product is the absence of detergent agents. Since this is a rinse free product, a.k.a no need to use water to activate the powerful ingredients , there is no need for any hard detergents that are used to create the lather to cleanse the skin. I love this concept as I feel detergents are meant for laundry NOT my face!!!
Is IT Cosmetics really the secret to beautiful skin ?
Overall, I love IT Cosmetics products because they actually do what they claim they are meant to to do. The Moisturizes hydrate the skin. The Cleansers clean the skin without stripping away any hydration. The eye cream is full of botanical ingredients that help fade away fine lines and brighten the under eye.
These products all contain anti-aging properties that when used over time and with consistency your skin will benefit greatly and you will see a change in the texture and overall appearance in your skin.
Hers’s the deal, I know these products are a bit pricey so if you want to achieve good skin and not break the bank, I would highly recommend the Secret Sauce Anti- Aging Moisturizer and Miracle Water. Your skin will still benefit greatly from the active anti-aging ingredients. If you want to splurge and buy the whole line of Confidence In A Cream line I doubt you will not be disappointed and your skin will benefit over time ,but again consistently is key!
On a side note, I am a huge fan of BYE BYE Under Eye Concealer as that was the first product I ever bought from this brand. Since then I have repurchased it several times and and would recommend it to anyone who has dark circles that need concealing or who want a brighter more youthful under eye.
Have you tried any IT Cosmetics products? If so, leave me a comment below! I love hearing from you guys!