Monday, October 13, 2014

Fresh Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask

Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask

This is probably the crappiest product I have used in a very long time. Insanely expensive, the product did nothing for me and my face. I love many products from Fresh and recently have been a huge a face of their Fresh Rose Face maskFresh Sugar Face Polish, Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing face oil. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is good as well, but not my absolute favorite, though I know many who swear by the product. Fresh Soy face cleanser and Fresh Sugar Lip Polish were other duds for me as well. I had high hopes that this product would work, but it was a sad wastage of $$

A powerful overnight treatment formula.

Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask is proven to lighten the appearance of dark spots, correct uneven skintone, and significantly brighten the complexion. The highly concentrated overnight treatment formula is also proven to replenish and preserve hydration for 24 hours, promote suppleness, and smooth skin texture so you awake to youthful-looking, luminous skin. An exclusive brightening complex derived from peony and licorice root extracts and vitamin C glucoside is proven to reduce and prevent the appearance of dark spots and even skintone, while amino acids help to visibly firm and smooth wrinkles. The formula is further enriched with cucumber extract, notable for its hydrating and calming properties.

Formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates

Color: White

Texture and Consistency: Smooth, non-sticky, thick cream

Scent: Faintly fragrant, pleasant

Usage: Once every alternate night, later once every night

Application: I applied it on clean, bare face with my fingers. Initially, I applied it alternate nights, but later increased the usage to every night.

Feeling on Skin: The cream is good. It is not drying at all. It moisturizes ok and I don't have any stretchy feel later on nor any need to top it over with another moisturizing product.

Effect on skin: This is the part where the product failed for me. Majority of the claims made by the product didn't work on me. There was no brightening of the face nor lightening of the dark spots. It did make my skin feel soft and supple though, so that is one claim that was fulfilled.

Packaging: The packaging is simple and hygienic, with soft squeeze tube and a pump. The pumping mechanism did stuck a couple of times for me though, especially during the end. I still managed to cut open the tube and scoop out the remaining product, which was a lot.

Verdict: I still cannot believe that a product with so many amazing ingredients like Licorice root extract and peony failed to work for me. A major disappointment.  I really wished it worked though.
I still love my Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Brightening sleeping Mask (review). The stuff is the bomb!!!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BIODERMA Sensibio H2O (Cleanser review)

It is almost three weeks of NO BLOGGING! I never knew moving to a new, single family home could be so tiring, overwhelming and expensive!

I did follow the beauty world on Instagram and the most attractive of the lot were the Tom Ford Fall 2014 collection especially the neutral, nude palette, that seems to be always sold out. It is border line annoying when designers make products in such low quantity! I mean being popular and getting sold out quickly is one thing, but to actually trace a product where and when it appeared first and then getting sold out like within seconds is just so lame! I love Limited edition stuff, but Sorry! No time to keep every minute track when the product appears online....

Enough with the whining and rambling.

Anywho, today I will be reviewing a product that probably every single makeup lover uses and uses everyday. Makeup Remover.

Over the years, I have tried multiple types. Makeup removing wipes, Cleansing milks, Cleansing oils, Cream based cleansers, Balms etc. Micellar water or Michelle solution is something that I discovered maybe 2 years ago and I have been religiously using it since then. Just never got a chance to talk about it.

This is exactly like its name! It is like clear water. Same texture, consistency, weight all like water. No greasiness, no stickiness. No mixing of multiple liquids of various viscosity and density. Plain watery solution. As simple as that. No need to rinse and this can be wiped of with a cotton pad or a tissue. The product is soap free and alcohol free.
The Micellar water contains tiny Micelle particles that help remove the makeup or any oil or sebum from the skin. I have no idea what is a Micelle particle. It is just too much science. I got the information from the internet.

Bioderma is a brand of my choice or rather I have never tried Micellar water from any other brand. There are some other companies that sell similar products and I am keen on trying them in future. The one I use is Bioderma Sensibo. This one is specially targeted for Sensitive Skin. The company makes one for Oily Skin (Sebium) and another for Dry/Dehydrated skin (Hydrabio) as well.

The product is amazing! It removes even water proof mascara and is very gentle on the skin and eye. I soak my Shiseido Facial Cotton pads (review) with the product and leave it on my eyes for 30-45 seconds to let the makeup dissolve and leave my skin. Then I wipe it off gently. I do this a couple of times depending on what type of makeup I am wearing, till the cotton pad look cleaner and free of makeup trace.

This one is for sensitive skin and even though it does not dries my skin to the point of feeling stretched, it does feel that my skin could use a coat of moisture. This is fragrance free. I would love to buy the Hydrabio next.

An amazing product, that is loved by all the makeup artists. Easy to travel with. Just need to transfer in a smaller bottle. The only issue is I cannot buy this in a store here in USA. I have to order it online on Amazon. Other french pharmacies that make Micellar water can be purchased from Amazon as well. Avene, La Roche-Posay, Vichy are few that are popular! Similar products that I would love to try can be found at Sephora are from Lancome, Ren, Caudalie and Dior. The last 3 are more Cleansing waters. I assume that they work in similar fashion as micellar water, but are not the same. More research needed here. 

Have you tried any other brand of Micellar water? Are they any good? Any suggestions?

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Shiseido Facial Cotton (Review)

Reviewing Facial Cotton??? Like Seriously???? 

This was the reaction, when I told my friend I was going to review cotton. The thing is we are in process of moving and re-locating and most of my makeup as well as 'products to review' has been packed. I cannot take any pictures nor do I have much time to devote on the blog. I wanted something simple to talk about for the next few days on Dazzle 'n' Sparkle. 

What better than talking about a product that has been one of the most used, most loved, holy grail stuff for me. 

But then again, Seriously! Talking about Cotton.... ???

Shiseido The Makeup Facial Cotton
An extremely soft, gentle way to apply liquid skincare products.

This exclusive Facial Cotton is 100 percent natural and uniquely manufactured for a consistent soft, smooth texture. It allows for maximum absorption and assists in the application of Shiseido softeners.

I came across a glowing review of this product back in 2011. Blogger curiosity made me buy one packet and I must say it was one of the best purchases made and has attained the HG status and is a staple in my routine.
In comparison to the traditional cotton balls or drug store cotton pads, these are thicker, much softer, stronger and durable. The best part is they do not leave behind little cotton fibers all over the face. This one quality alone makes it worth the price tag.

I personally use these pads to remove my eye as well as face makeup. I usually do not need an entire pad to remove eye makeup, so I cut it into two and use each half for each eye, but for my face I do need two whole pads. I don't wear full face and full eye makeup every day. So depending on frequency of usage, one pack lasts for about 2+ months for me.

Thickness of 4 pads

The pads are made of 100% cotton making them ridiculously soft on skin and delicate around the eyes. The feel is ultra luxurious! The cotton reminds me of surgical cotton that I had used in medicine school and it used to have high absorbing capacity. This particular facial cotton too has maximum absorption quality and so I use relatively less makeup remover or nail polish remover.

This is very good for removing glitter nail polish. It just makes the job so easy! No fuzzy stuff getting stuck on the nails and glitters. (I have found cotton mixed with some synthetic material for removing nail polish and they are sold as nail polish removing cotton pads. Those are pretty good for nail jobs and much cheaper. They are horrible for face though.)

Thickness of a single pad

There is nothing much to talk about this product. Apart from the price tag, all I see is pros and no cons. There are other brands that carry similar product like Shu Uemura and Chanel, but I have not tried anyone of those.

In a nutshell, Shiseido's Makeup Facial Cotton pad is a wonderful and versatile product. They are gentle on the eyes and skin. The pads reduce the amount of products to be used considerably. 

No doubt it is expensive, but worth giving it a try once for removing makeup. The facial cotton is available at any Shiseido counter and online (Nordstrom,  Bloomingdales, Macy'sSephora) . Each pack contains approximately 90-100 rectangular cotton pads.  
Good time to stock up on them is at Sephora Friends and family sale. 

Have you tried this product? What is your preferred choice of facial cotton or makeup removing in general?

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