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: 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: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick review

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I love lipstick. There’s something about wearing it that makes me feel powerful. However, I don’t love planning my entire day around lipstick. Only eating tiny bites of foods via a fork and only sipping through a straw. No one has time for this! I want to go about my day as usual while also wearing lipstick without the hassle of constant reapplication. Thus, I am going to test a bunch of lipsticks I already own plus buy some others that promise long wear to see how they do. Now I know most or all of these lipsticks will look amazing if you’re careful about it and touch it up. I’m looking for a lipstick that can stand up to my life that I don’t have to worry about touching up.

First up is Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery. This is a beautiful true red that is not too orange and not too purple. I applied Ultimate Ozone primer to my lips, lip liner, then finally 3 coats of the Stila Stay All Day, waiting a couple minutes to let each coat dry. 3 coats is probably a little overkill but I like my lipstick to be very opaque.

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I love this shade of red and this lipstick actually dried pretty well. It wasnt cracking or flaky, my lips didnt feel thirsty, but it also wasn’t sticky. The feel of this liquid lipstick is a 9/10.

My partner and I took a lovely stroll around the UNC Chapel Hill campus for about 2.5 hours, then we decided it was lunch time. We went to the legendary Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen (seriously it’s been featured on Food Network). I got a regular, plain, but spectacular chicken biscuit. Now I know this isn’t really fair to the lipstick! This thing is huge and my lips have to touch it to eat it. Its also a chicken biscuit so obviously some grease is involved. But that is precisely the point! I want to see what, if any, lipstick can really live up to eating a meal without being delicate about it.

I enjoyed my chicken biscuit; it is easily the best one I’ve ever eaten. Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen is a magical place. But alas while eating I noticed I was eating a lot of lipstick. After every bite there was clearly lipstick on my biscuit. By the time I was done and had smacked my lips together a few times to try to even out what lipstick was left this was the result:

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While I love the color impact and feel of this liquid lipstick, it barely left remnants of itself after a meal. I’ll probably keep wearing this for drinks, but not for meals. Or at the very least I will be ready to re-apply throughout the day!

On to the next hope for a meal-proof lipstick.

Rothy’s shoes review: 1 week in review

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After my mishap of ordering the Rothy’s round toe ballet flat a size too small, I received my exchange and I’ve had these now for about a week. Where I’ve worn them:

  • Out to dinner and drinks (2 times)
  • To walk around the mall (1 time)
  • To work (2 times)
  • Out to run various errands (grocery store, pet store, etc) (2 times)

I remain extremely pleased with my purchase. I haven’t had any red spots or evidence of rubbing anywhere! Most important not the heel or top of my foot/big toe. The first time I wore them out I did have some slight pressure on my big toe, but I trimmed my toenail and that solved the problem. They haven’t gotten dirty enough to need to be washed yet, but generally this is now my go-to flat. I haven’t worn any of my other flats since I purchased the correct size in Rothy’s. I’ve even chosen them over flip flops once for style since the comfort is about the same.

If you’re interested in getting a pair of Rothy’s you can use my referral code through August 16th, 2017 for $20 off.

Review: Origins compared to Sunday Riley night skin care routine

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I am a skincare product junkie. I have a couple tried and true favorites, but generally I switch things up when I run out of something. I have just finished the Origins night cream after several months of use. I was using this in conjunction with the toner and the night oil. The toner ran out first, which makes sense as this isn’t a night specific product so I was using it morning and night. Then the Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream ran out, and I still have some Night-A-Mins Renewal Refining Oil left.

I liked all of these products. The scents are lightly citruses, but nothing too intense. I enjoyed the consistency of the cream — it was dense. It reminded me of a cloud cream. You could tell when you put it on that this is for night and should be absorbed into the skin over hours. When I woke up there was no trace of residue left and it did in fact absorb nicely throughout the night. The face oil is light and absorbs pretty quickly. I assume this is because it is designed to be followed by the thicker cream. Part of me thinks that for $44 the oil isn’t worth it. The cream alone I think would probably do its job well. The toner was nice, but nothing outstanding. For a $25 price tag though I think it performed well and have no complaints.

The Night-A-Mins oil and creme combined come to $88, which isn’t anything to snicker at. While I do feel like it maintained my skin well I didn’t see any improvements. The fine lines I have are still there, my outbreaks came at about the same frequency, the texture of my skin seemed about the same. I am only in my mid twenties so my skin care is aimed to prevent signs of aging, and certainly my skin didn’t get worse. I also have relatively sensitive skin and find that many products are irritating and none of the Origins products bothered my skin at all, so thats a plus! However, for $88 there were no miracles.

Prior to this I was using the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, and while that is even more expensive at $105 I did feel like my skin was more plump, more radiant, and just had a glow about it when I woke up. It does have quite an odd smell, very planty, but its not so strong that I couldn’t use it. I intended to use this in conjunction with Good Genes, but my skin is so sensitive that Good Genes made my skin pretty dry/flaky/red so I couldn’t use it more than a couple times a week. I bought the Luna oil and the Good Genes treatment in a set, where they were each half size but the set was only $78 (it’s $85 now; a $105 value) at Sephora, so keep an eye out for the value sets if you’re interested in Sunday Riley.

Results for these things are so subjective, but I will say I don’t have anything especially lovely to say about my skin after using the Origins routine. I certainly have nothing bad to say, but I probably won’t be repurchasing. While I did really enjoy the Sunday Riley line I’d like to see if I can achieve these results for less money.

On to the next product adventure!