Review: Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial


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


Review: Caudalie Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream


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

Review: charcoal masks


I try to use a face mask 1 to 2 times a week. I love the ease of sheet masks, but have recently ventured into charcoal based masks.

Glamglow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment is pretty amazing. Apply it once to twice a week for 20 minutes while I’m relaxing (usually taking a bath), and my pores are smaller, my t-zone is less oily and I usually have less breakouts. My skin feels tighter and is visually more glowing–as if my dull outer layer of skin is gone and the mask has revealed new baby fresh skin. I love this mask. But $69 for 1.7 ounces is pretty rough. And being a product junkie I am always looking for a new favorite to dethrone the old.

I tried a sample of Origin’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores. While it was on it felt eerily similar to the Glamglow mask. I eagerly awaited results. This mask is only $27 for 3.4 ounces! Economically much more of a steal. But much to my chagrin the results just weren’t the same. My skin did have that satisfying tightening feeling, but otherwise the results were lackluster in comparison. My t-zone remained the same and my skin didnt have that nice new skin glow.

On to the next product!

Review: Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial


I recently received a sample of Korres’ Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial. I have run of out of the Origins night cream I was using so I used this sample for two nights.

The smell was a bit strange. I’m not sure if this was just the sample and if the full size differs? But certainly my sample pod had a weird sort of expire lotion smell to it. As if you had bought a standard unscented lotion and let it sit for years and it absorbed some of the plastic smell. It very vaguely reminded me of plain greek yogurt, but that was not the primary scent I got. Usually smells for face care arent that off putting to me; those weird natural plant smells just dont bother me. But this one felt like a kind of synthetic smell and I was more bothered by it than normal.

I liberally applied this on my face and neck and went to sleep. The next morning there was still a distinct layer on my face. I washed it off and went about my day. This sleeping “facial” did fine but nothing fantastic. Yes, my face felt moisturized but nothing substantially more than what I get with other products. I personally am not a big fan of the next morning still having a distinct layer of moisturizer on my face–it makes me feel like it didnt seep into my skin.

This sleeping facial was a perfectly fine product, but for $46 dollars I won’t be purchasing the full size.

Off to the next product adventure!

Review: Origins compared to Sunday Riley night skin care routine


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!

My favorite face oil


It has been heavily emphasized to me that preventative skin care is of the utmost importance. If you only start once you begin to see features you don’t like (wrinkles, dark spots) that’s an uphill battle. So particularly once I was 21 (and found my first grey hair) I started taking skin care very seriously.

At 22 I moved from Washington (state) to North Carolina and the environmental differences wreaked havoc on my skin. I was fortunate to not really ever have bad acne; sure I get a few pimples here and there but nothing major. But after being in NC for a couple of months my skin had dry patches and a lot of blemishes on my cheeks and in my T-zone — something I hadn’t really dealt with before. My skin had always been described as “normal” and “bouncy” to me previously by aestheticians and cosmetologists, so this was new and not fun territory.

I tried so many blemish spot treatments, but I found the only thing that really worked for me was the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment oil. 2-3 drops in the morning and at night and within 2 weeks my skin was back to what I had always considered normal. It’s been 4 years and I continue to use this regularly in the morning (I have since switched to night time specific face oils for the evening). It’s a little more viscous than you might expect, for example it really doesnt fall out of the eye dropped unless you are squeezing the dropper, but it does fully absorb into my skin in about 1.5-2 minutes. So I usually put it on then brush my teeth, and by then I am good to go about the rest of my routine.

It helped with redness, dryness, and blemishes. It’s a bit on the costly side but to wake up and regularly have nice skin I think it’s completely worth it. When I was using it 2x a day I went through 3 to 4 bottles a year — a little goes a long way. I would often wait until Nordstrom had a beauty sale on this (or a Clarins gift with purchase promotion) or until Sephora had its VIB sale and stock up. I use about 2 bottles now that I am down to just once daily, and this is an item I ALWAYS take with my while traveling. This is an essential part of my skincare routine, and if you can afford it I highly recommend it.


  • Buy it at Sephora for $58 and free shipping
  • Buy it at Nordstrom for $58 and free shipping
  • Buy it at Ulta for $58 and free shipping (excluded from coupons)
  • Buy it from Clarins for $58 and $5 shipping, but they often have good promotions and if you sign up for their email listserv you get 10% off your first purchase
  • You can also search for it on amazon, but buyer beware.

I suggest sticking with whatever retailer you spend the most as to make the most of their rewards program, with the exception of buying directly from Clarins when they’re running a great special.

What skin care product do you swear by?