Review: Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

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Korres was one of the first non-Philosophy skin care lines and I’ve always enjoyed their products. I was pretty disappointed about my lack of enthusiasm for their greek yoghurt nigh cream, but thought this Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial sounded very different. Also is it just me or is Rose showing up everywhere these days?

I tried a 10mL sample for several days. The first time I used it I had a weird cognitive dissonance because to me it smells like smarties — those tiny chalky circle treats that came around every Valentines Day. So putting on a light creamy night face treatment when my brain was telling me “time for sweets!” was quite odd. But after a couple of days I got over it and was able to enjoy the process more rather than be weirded out by it.

This product is somewhere between a cream and a souffle texture. Its light, but not so airy that I would call it whipped. It definitely felt great going on my skin, and upon waking up each and every morning it had absorbed in fully. My skin didnt feel particularly extra vibrant or anything, but I didnt break out or have any adverse reaction and I didn’t feel like my skin needed an extra oomph. Overall I think it did a pretty decent job! Full price its $48 for 1.35 ounces, so I’d say I am teetering on the thought of re-purchasing. It’s certainly less expensive than the Sunday Riley option, and while it wasnt quite as magical as the Sunday Riley routine I do definitely like how my skin feels when I wake up.

I’ll test out some other products before deciding to buy a full size of this or not, but it’s definitely in the running! I would guess that with continued use my skin would feel brighter as that’s what happened with the Origins products.

 

Night moisturizer rankings:
1. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil
2. Korress Wild Rose Advance Brightening Sleeping Facial
3. Origins Night-A-Mins Renewal (oil and/or cream)
4. Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial
5. Caudalie Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream

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Review: Caudalie Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream

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I received a deluxe sample (10 mL) of Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream so was able to use it for several days in a row since my Origins regimen has run out.

I’m not sure why this line is called Vinoperfect, it smells more like roses than grapes to me! It comes out quite thick; you really don’t need to use much, which I appreciate for values sake. 40 mL of this stuff costs $59 at Sephora, so not having to use a ton makes up for the price. But again, it is quite thick! And I found this noticeable on my skin. For an overnight cream I figure this is acceptable as maybe it’s designed to slowly sink in overnight.

When I woke up there was not a layer of this cream on my skin, so it did appear to soak in, phew! But I found my skin felt more oily than normal, and I did happen to breakout while using this over the course of a week. I usually get ~1-2 breakouts per month, so this could’ve been by chance, but I can’t help but think that this thick formula may have contributed.

My skin definitely felt moist and plump, but I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who has oily skin. At $59 for 40mL I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this. If it goes on sale I would definitely consider it! But as is I feel like I can get something more affordable that I like more.

Night moisturizer rankings:
1. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil
2. Origins Night-A-Mins Renewal (oil and/or cream)
3. Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial
4. Caudalie Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream

Meal-proof lipstick search: Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor

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After my great success with Tarte I’m a little weary to try anything else honestly! But I took Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor in Mauve Muse for a spin. This color seems like the perfect mix of a bright fun berry pink and a mauve nude, so it feels nice and pink but not an in your face pink.

It applied pretty easily, although I think this formula is meant to be slightly sheer. I couldn’t build it up to the opacity of Tarte or Stila, but I think that’s how its supposed to be! Like other formulas I’ve tried this is a 2-part. The instructions say to apply it, wait at least 60 seconds without touching lips, then apply the moisturizing top coat. I found it pretty hard not to smack my lips together after application! It’s a weird and satisfying habit. I applied two coats of the color, waiting a minute in between, then waited a few minutes to apply the top coat. The color never really fully dried, it always had a bit of a tackiness to it. The topcoat felt wonderful though and didnt appear to remove any color whatsoever. The wear/feel of this lipcolor is a 7/10. I wish the formula was more buildable and less tacky, but overall I’m pleased.

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I went out on a best friend date to a wonderful local southern food restaurant followed by a dessert bar. I ordered a pork grilled cheese with a mac and cheese side and had some sangria from a wine glass and water through a straw. I could literally feel it coming off of my lips as I ate my sandwich. My sandwich was on some dark and delicious pumpernickel bread so I couldnt see my lipcolor coming off with every bite, but I knew it was happening. I used the restroom and checked; lo and behold my lips were effectively bare. There were a few remaining awkward chunks that I easily wiped away, and off I went to a dessert bar with no lip color in sight.  I returned from my best friend date completely full of amazing food, drink, and love, but completely lacking in lip color. That is just what my lips look like.

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I was almost so disappointed I was shocked. This lipcolor has decent reviews on the Ulta website! So I decided to give it another go. Maybe a pork grilled cheese wasn’t fair. Although I really think any food should be fair game, it’s certainly one of the toughest levels of difficulty. So the next day I tried again.

The below pictures are far less flattering as I am only wearing the lipcolor and mascara. I typically don’t actually wear much makeup even though I love it. My partner and I decided to do some walking then some errands and we ended up at the mall foodcourt for lunch. Here I got some fries, a drink through a straw, and chicken nuggets. I liberally applied the moisturizing top coat right before eating and found results to be pretty great!

You can see some color missing on my bottom lip toward my right corner (the left of this picture), and certainly the edges of the formula are drying out a bit, but it still felt comfortable on my lips and generally looked okay! After a few hours at home we went to the Outback for dinner. I did not touch up the lipcolor. I did again reapply the moisturizing top coat. Here I had a drink through a straw, mashed potatoes, and a steak.

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Again, you can see some dryness/feathering on the edge, and the corners on my bottom lip are wearing, but overall a relative success! The bits on the edges were starting to form annoying dry clumps of what was once loved lipcolor, and I hate the way that feels. If we only consider these two meals and forget about my best friend date pork grilled cheese I’d actually give this a meal-proof score of 6/10. The minimum amount to pass, but nothing to call home and brag about.

Based on this result I think I need to go back and try the Stila Stay All Day formula again. It only got tested on a chicken biscuit and it seems no lip color may live up to a large sandwich.

On to try the next product! Although I am definitely going to keep this in my rotation.

Rankings:
1. Tarte’s Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint; meal-proof 7/10, feel 8/10, I would buy this again
2. Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor; meal-proof 6/10, feel 7/10, I would consider buying this again on sale
3. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick; meal-proof 2/10, feel 9/10, I would consider buying this again just because the formula feels amazing
4. L’Oréal Infallible 2-Step Lip Color, meal-proof 2/10, feel 7/10, I might buy this again if it was on sale but probably not
5. Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color; meal-proof 1/10, feel 3/10, I don’t think I would buy this again even if it was on sale

Meal-proof lipstick search: Tarte’s Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint

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I am a big fan of purple. I have been since I was 8; this is the age I declared purple would replace rainbow as my favorite color. I went to the University of Washington for undergrad, so the purple obsession has persisted. And finally my hair has been either part purple or full on purple several times now. So a purple lip — yes please!

Thus, I bought and tested out Tarte’s Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in “Yaassss”. I did also buy the matching lip liner (“on fleek”) rather than using a Lip Liner To Go from Sephora. But the rest of my routine remained the same; prep lips with Ozone, line, and apply.

I applied 1 layer and thought maybe that was all I needed! This comes out so creamy and opaque from the tube, it’s kind of a dream come true. I did end up applying a second layer just in case, but definitely did not need three. It applied very easily and dried pretty quickly. I didn’t find it to be sticky and my lips actually felt pretty comfortable! I thought something this opaque for sure would dry me out, but it was actually a very enjoyable wear. Feel/wear is a 8/10 I’d say. Slightly less cushy/soft than the Stila lip paint I tried. But overall definitely not bothersome! You can see how rich this light purple color comes across both in yellow and bright white lighting.

My lips and I went to a bar for drinks and some french fries, then off to a minor league baseball game that included bottled water and a chicken tenders + fries dinner, then off to a local hard cider producer for another drink. Again, probably not as tough as a chicken biscuit but there was definitely some grease/oil involved in my food choices. At the pre-ballgame drinks my heart immediately sank. I was so in love with this color but there it was right on my straw! Was this bound to be another poor score? Is there even a lip color that can last a meal in existence?!?

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But I tried not to think about it (or reapply!) as the night went on. And when I got home I was pleasantly surprised!
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You can definitely see some wear, more on the top lip than the bottom. There are also some little chunks/flakes along my bottom lip. While the close up is far from perfect the picture of my entire face definitely still leaves the impression of pretty nice purple lips! It’s not as ever or opaque as in the “before” pictures, but it did largely stay on enough (and the parts that flaked off did so in a manner where it wasn’t patchy) to leave a lasting impression. I will give this a meal-proof score of 7/10. Not perfect but totally acceptable!

This is what I would consider the first acceptable lip color for a meal that I’ve tried so far. I would definitely recommend Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint by Tarte. It’s vegan, comes in a lot of lovely shades, and can last through several drinks and fries!

Current Rankings (note: number 1 is by a HUGE margin):
1. Tarte’s Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint
2. Stila Stay All Day 
3. L’Oréal Infallible 2-Step Lip Color
4. Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color

Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding review

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In my July Play by Sephora subscription box I received a deluxe sample of the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment. I have used it 3 times now. IMG_8371[1]

It’s a really fund mask as you can see its striped black and white. You are instructed to blend the two layers into an opaque grey layer all over the face.

I wish it looked as gorgeous on the inside as on the outside. This was when I first opened it; not after I had already scooped any out.

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Each time I’ve applied it with my fingers and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then I wash it off and wash my face as per usual. It definitely does visibly help with impurities. I had some dark spots on my face I thought were potentially precursors to blackheads, and after the max they were all either completely gone or significantly lighter.

It did not give my skin that tight new feeling that I get with the GlamGlow mask. I also felt like my skin didnt look particularly different except those possibly baby blackhead spots.

Sadly every time Ive used this one patch of my skin is visibly irritated the next morning. The first two times I chalked this up to coincidence — maybe I slept on that part of my face funny. But 3 times in a row seems pretty hard to ignore. Oddly its always patchy; its never my whole face that is red and irritated. And each time the irritation is pretty mild, no flaking skin thankfully. So a good moisturizer for a couple days does the trick to restore my skin to its former self. I will finish out my sample of this product but I do not intend to repurchase.

So far my ranking for charcoal masks is:
1. Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment
2. Origin’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
3. Boscia’s Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment

Meal-proof lipstick search: L’OrĂ©al Infallible 2-Step Lip Color

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The hunt continues for a lip color I can eat a meal with and look dignified after! I most recently tested L’OrĂ©al’s Infallible 2-Step Lip Color in Passionate Petal. This color reminds me of a darker bubblegum pink, and costs $12.99 at Ulta. Like the Revlon lip color I tried this is a two-sided product. First is the lip color, then comes the “color lock balm”. The product  claims up to 24 hours of lip color that lasts with no compromise. Obviously 24 hours is a bit insane; all I want is a single meal!

I applied lip primer and lip liner as I did before (although a pink liner this time!) then applied 3 coats of the lip color. I do like this color and formula, but it had a certain sheen/glossiness to it that made it to where I don’t think it was ever going to be 100% opaque. So I stopped at 3 coats, waited 5 minutes, then applied the color lock balm. Unlike the Revlon gloss side this balm was awesome! It went on smooth and after the application of the balm the wear felt great. No lip color transferred on to the balm. My lips were soft and comfortable, and any time they started to feel dry I just applied more balm. So far things were looking up! Wear/feel score for this lip color is a 7/10. Not as heavenly comfortable as the Stila product, but I was seriously impressed for this bargain price. I did like the way it looked on me; I get nervous about pinks since I have some prominent many pink undertones in my skin. Note I’m not wearing any makeup here except the lip color.

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I didn’t have any plans to go out soon but wanted to test this lip color ASAP, so I just applied it and wore it around the house while doing chores. Then came dinner. I made chicken fettuccine alfredo and ate that with a glass of water. Again, I don’t think alfredo is as challenging as a chicken biscuit (did I give Stila a fair chance?!), but its certainly not a delicate food. Sadly after my meal my once glorious lip color had faded to a chunky mess. A significant portion came off the right half off my top lip, and I was left with the middle portion of my bottom lip mostly covered but the meal had certainly eaten away lip color on my bottom lip towards the top and bottom of my lip line.

Interestingly what lip color was left was *extremely* difficult to take off! Maybe there is an application technique I need to perfect to make this work? While this was a definite fail, with a meal-proof score of 2/10, I may try this one again and pay more attention to how I applied it in the areas it came off in.

Do you have any tips/tricks for application to increase the likelihood of making it through a meal?

Rankings so far (note: the high meal-proof score is only 2/10, so we have a long way to go!)
1. Stila Stay All Day
2. L’OrĂ©al Infallible 2-Step Lip Color
3. Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color

Meal-proof lipstick search: Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lip Color

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My second attempt at a meal-proof lipstick was using Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lip Color in Forever Scarlet. Another very true red. Who doesn’t yearn for the perfect red lipstick?

This lip color runs about $11, compared to the $22 for Stila’s Stay All Day liquid lipstick that’s a huge steal! It comes with both lip color and gloss and claims up to 16 hours of comfortable wear without any feathering, bleeding, or touch-ups needed. I applied the same primer and lip liner as before, and followed it up with 3 coats of the lip color. This time I really do think 3 coats were necessary. This gloss really is glossy so in order to achieve opaque color multiple layers are required.

Applying it was easy enough but as it started to try I felt like it was getting a bit clumpy. It also stayed rather sticky throughout the wear, and my lips felt dry. Application of the gloss helped with the dry feeling but seemed to only exacerbate the clumps.While I do like the gloss part of this the gloss clearly also takes off some color, as my gloss wand is now red instead of white. Wear/feel for this Revlon lip color is only a 3/10 I’d say. It wasn’t miserable, but especially compared to the comfortable wear of the Stila lipstick I wasn’t very happy. This color was less impactful than the Stila’s, but I still like how it looked on (maybe just not as much).

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I went out with friends to grab dinner and drinks at a local Bar Louie. We split appetizers of chips and dip and calamari, a pitcher of sangria, and I had a chicken quesadilla. This meal certainly was not as intense as chicken biscuit, but I was still drinking out of a wine glass and eating a quesadilla without using a fork. After the meal was done and I arrived home I saw some lip color left but also some definite patches. Particularly on my bottom lip a lot had flaked off and part were visibly looking chunky.

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While more color overall did stay on than my first attempt with Stila, I preferred how the Stila came off evenly as opposed to this chunky mess. I would not be happy if I was working and grabbed lunch to return with lips like this. Meal-proof score: 1/10.

For now my rankings are:
1. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
2. Revlon ColorStay Overtime

I’m excited to try out other formulas and hopefully land on better results! On to the next lipstick + meal adventure.

Do you think this $11 lipstick is a better buy than the $22 Stila one?