Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Review

I’ve been using Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair for about a month and a half, ever since I got a small sample in a gift-with-purchase when buying my Estee Lauder DayWear BB Creme. The sample lasted for a few weeks and then I finally decided to splash out on a full size bottle.

This night serum is extremely luxurious and definitely does what it claims. I really believe that in conjunction with my Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Cream, dark spots have been fading extremely quickly. If I have any active breakouts I also make sure to massage Advanced Night Repair onto the area and in the morning they’re generally barely noticeable or occasionally entirely gone. As for boosting hydration, I’m also impressed because ever since my Nurture Me ran out, I’ve been slathering almost any moisturizer on my skin for the night and yet I still wake up to healthy, plumped skin.

Advanced Night Repair has quickly become a favorite of mine and I highly recommend it to anyone, since I believe all skin-types can benefit from it. Just to make sure it’s for you, I’d advise you to grab a sample at a counter or online and if you’re impressed, then splurge on the full-size, since at $52 for 30 ml, it certainly isn’t a bargain.

Have you tried Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair? Do you use a night serum or oil? What’s your favorite?

Becca Luminous Skin Colour Review

I’ve mentioned Becca Luminous Skin Colour several times already, in my March favorites since I’ve been using it mostly mixed with the Estee Lauder DayWear BB Creme, but I have yet to do a full review. So it’s about time I talk about this product by itself!

As you can hopefully tell from the photos, the box says that this is a “Ultra Sheer Foundation” while the actual bottle states it’s a “Tinted Moisturizer”. I would classify this as an “Ultra Sheer Tinted Moisturizer” :) The formula itself is very light, I wouldn’t call it watery, but more gel-like. It blends rather easily into the skin and provides the sheerest amount of coverage. The redness in my cheeks isn’t extremely diminished, but it helps my skintone look slightly more even. Also the shade I have, Cashmere, is a bit too light for me right now so worn alone, it can make me look slightly…well…pale. Initially it leaves my skin very dewy, but over time it personally gives me a rather matte finish. I would recommend this to anyone who likes truly sheer coverage or wants to have an ideal product for mixing others with.

Have you tried Becca’s Luminous Skin Colour? What’s the lightest coverage product that you own?

Wishful Wednesday: Home Sweet Home

Ever since I decided to move to England, I’ve been dreaming of decorating our space with things that make it comfortable and relaxing. Here are a few that I would absolutely love to have…

I absolutely love candles, but have never had a true luxury one. Regardless of whether or not I will have these Diptyque and Jo Malone candles, I will definitely have a few scented ones around. These lovely pillows are from Caitlin Wilson Textiles and they add the perfect amount of color and pattern to what I hope to keep a neutral space. The armchair would be perfect for curling up with a some tea and a book, and finally the mirror would add a bit of sparkle, interest, and light.

What do you have in your space that makes it feel like home?

Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

A short funny story exemplifying my slight ridiculousness… About two and a half years ago I took a semester off from university and went to figure out my life while living in our little town in Poland. Somedays I would go into the closest larger city and wander through the shopping malls. There was always a store that caught my eye: Inglot. It looked so much like MAC which had always intimidated me, so being a little scaredy cat I never had enough courage to actually go in and check it out.

Fast-forward about a year, I’m back in New York and I’ve started my beauty blog…I finally find out what Inglot is. They’re Polish, like me! They’re inexpensive! They have so many color choices!

So after spending time getting to know their products online after about another year I finally ventured over to Times Square coming back from dinner with my sister and stopped into Inglot. I made myself an eyeshadow palette with their freedom system.

Sorry about those rather not great photo-taking abilities were really suffering under the lighting I had. (L-R: 404, 406, 395, 393)

These eyeshadows cost $5 a piece and the 4 slot palette is only $9. The shades I bought have 2.7 g of shadow which is 1.2 g more than MAC and 0.2 g more than Bobbi Brown shadows, so obviously an amazing value! The shadows are all buttery smooth, glide on so easily, and blend like a dream, plus they are all incredibly pigmented. They definitely rival my Dior eyeshadows, which I absolutely love since they have such a smooth and easy application. The only downside to Inglot is the numbering system which makes it extremely difficult to keep track of different shades, but considering they have such a large amount names would probably be useless as well.

Overall I’m in love with these shadows and can’t wait to get my hands on some more! Eyeshadows, lipsticks, and blushes that is… But thankfully my purse won’t be too devastated even if I end up overindulging! I cannot recommend trying Inglot enough if you haven’t already. They have an online store so even if you’re not near a shop you can still spoil yourself! And they’re Polish and we all obviously know anything from Poland is awesome… :P

What do you look for in your eyeshadows? Do you like having the ability to create your own palette or do you prefer Naked-palette-type convenience?

Update (May 18.12): I bought even more Inglot eyeshadows. Check out the shades and swatches here!

BB Creams Comparison and Reviews

Over the past year I’ve tried a few BB creams and I thought I would share my thoughts by comparing all of them instead of doing separate posts with reviews.

My first ever BB cream was the Skin79 Hot Pink Super Plus. It comes in a pretty cute little pump bottle that contains 40 ml of product and has an SPF 25. I found this BB cream to be quite nice since it does quite a good job covering any imperfections, however I found my skin to be extremely matte and rather dull, without any sort of glow. The bottle is definitely nice for standing around on a shelf at home, but it’s rather a disaster for traveling.

The second BB cream I bought was the BRTC Gold Caviar. It has an SPF 50 and has a sort of baby-powderish scent that eventually fades.  The tube is nice, but is a bit big for the 40 ml of product, so lots of air seems to come out when squeezed. It blended rather easily into my skin, but after an hour or so started to dry out my face and settled into laugh-lines. Not a good look. I don’t know if this is because my skin’s still quite dry from winter, but hopefully it’ll work better for the summer when my skin is a bit more oily. The super high SPF is definitely a bonus in this BB cream!

After trying these two Korean brands, I wanted to see what the Western spin on BB creams was all about, so I picked up the Estee Lauder DayWear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme in the shade “Light”. This cream has a rather strong cucumber scent which I don’t particularly mind, but some people might be put off by. It’s also the only one out of the four that I have tried that comes in more than one shade. Although it’s still rather limited since “Light” and “Medium” definitely won’t suit everyone. It’s rather expensive since there are only 30 ml of product for $38, which is more expensive than some high-end foundations. Anyway this BB cream is rather thick which in my opinion makes it hard to blend because I love using my fingers for BB creams and tinted moisturizers. I use this blended with Becca’s Luminous Skin Color and I really like the combination of the two, however I would prefer to have something that could be used by itself. This cream has an SPF of 35 which also provides great sun protection and perhaps will also be easier to blend once my skin is a bit more oily in the summer.

Finally after coming across Dior’s new release on the internet, I hopped over to Sephora to get a sample of the new Dior Hydra Life BB Creme. I really hoped I wouldn’t like it since for a 50 ml tube it costs a whopping $56 (however this still makes it cheaper than Estee Lauder because if that came in a 50 ml size it would be over $63. Okay, okay, enough justifying) . But of course upon my first application it was love at first use. After having tried the previous three BB creams, I didn’t think one could be blended so easily. However this cream simply effortlessly melted into my skin and had an amazing amount of coverage for a product which is much more liquidy in texture than the other BB creams. After using the little sample jar for about a week, I had a VIB 15% off coupon for Sephora so I splurged on this amazing cream. The packaging is really convenient since the pump dispenses the perfect amount every time and stays clean. It’s perfect for everyday use, protects my skin with SPF 30, and leaves me with an extremely fresh, glowing complexion.

L-R: Skin79, BRTC, Estee Lauder, Dior

Seeing those swatches it’s amazing that all of those creams blend out into my skintone which right now I would probably classify as being around a MAC NW25. I would recommend the Skin79, BRTC, and Estee Lauder BB creams for those with light complexions and oily skin since these will do a rather good job with mattefying. Personally I found BRTC’s cream to be the most drying, followed by Skin79, and then Estee Lauder.

Dior’s BB cream can look a bit scary and orange, but since it blends so well it gives my skin an incredible dewy glow, but it’s definitely something I wouldn’t recommended for those with fair complexions. Unfortunately none of these BB creams cater to darker skintones which is a grave mistake, because the companies could gain many more loyal customers by making their amazing formulas available to a wider population.

Have you tried any of these BB creams? Any BB creams at all? What’s your favorite? I would love some recommendations!

Motivation Monday: Letting Go & Loving it

So these past few weeks have been pretty hectic in terms of figuring out what to do with my life after graduation, but it’s decided that I’m moving to England in a few weeks. I won’t be working at my dream job…yet. But I’m staying optimistic and truly believe that once I simply establish myself as more independent everything will start falling into place. Therefore my past few weekends have consisted of a total over-haul of all my belongings at my mom’s house.

I’ve always been an avid reader so books to me are precious, which definitely meant I kept a lot of them over the years. My first few days of organizing were focused on sorting through all my books to see which ones I was really intent on keeping and those it was time to give away or sell. It wasn’t easy, but I’ve already sold some and the rest are waiting to be donated. I condensed my books onto about 3 shelves and honestly couldn’t be happier.

Then came all the little drawers and boxes with papers and trinkets that had been lying around for years…not fun, but a few recycling piles and garbage bags later, those were cleaned out too.

And finally the closet… In the past I always had a hard time deciding what to keep. “Well maybe I’ll wear it, since it is more of a ‘special occasion’ (blouse, shirt, skirt, dress). Right, right?!” But this time since I guess it’s a reality that if it doesn’t fit in my two suitcases or ship in a ‘winter-clothing’ box, or have some absurdly sentimental has to go. So I tossed all of my clothes on my bed and got started. Two hours later about seven piles of clothes were ready for donation and about ten pairs of shoes. It amazes me I could do something that had previously been quite difficult so quickly. And guess what? It felt amazing. It is such a relief to have only clothes that fit, that I love, and that look so neat in little piles on the shelves.

(This obviously isn’t my closet. But we can pretend. Credit)

So my challenge to you is to let go of the old and embrace the new. Clean out those closets, shelves, drawers, whatever. You’ll make someone extremely happy by enabling them to have something that’s new-to-them and allowing yourself to be open for more of the universe’s gifts, material and otherwise. :)

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Review

This morning happened to be very sad since I unfortunately used up my last bit of Ole Henriksen’s Nurture Me moisturizer that I bought along with the On The Go cleanser. Prior to buying it, I was switching between Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and Liz Earle’s Skin Repair Moisturiser, both of which I really loved but since I’m adventurous when it comes to skincare I simply wanted to try something new.

I was attracted to the fact that Nurture Me is made for sensitive skin and those with rosacea. After cleansing I can be a bit red, so anything that can help calm that down for me is heaven-sent. Ole Henriksen’s general natural approach is also something that pulled me in and the claims of all those vitamins convinced me to try it.

I am thoroughly impressed with the effect this moisturizer had on my skin. It absorbed quickly and provided a smooth, hydrated base for any makeup. Any redness or irritation after cleansing became a thing of the past and breakouts were unheard of. It seemed to liven up my skin which was definitely noticeable in the morning, so the hydrating and nourishing properties seemed to really do their job.

The cream truly lived up to its claims in my opinion and I’m definitely going to repurchase this in the near future. One thing to keep in mind if you plan on trying it: it has a strong creamsicle-type scent which might not be ideal for those with extremely sensitive skin or noses.

What’s been your current go-to moisturizer? Any recommendations?

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