March 24, 2017

Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum

Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum

An anti-polluaging serum and moisturizer hybrid, this pressed serum provides lasting hydration, minimizes visible signs of aging and pollution, nourishes, and supports skin without heaviness.

This Pressed Serum is fortified with chaga mushroom extract, which is cold-processed to preserve the mushroom's optimal nutrients. The extract is combined with a blend of fermented oils, including olive and argan oil.

It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates. It is also free of mineral oils and synthetic dyes.

I had always used liquid serums. The concept of pressed serum was very intriguing for me. Every detail about The Blithe Tundra Chaga pressed serum sounded amazing, especially the fact that the Chaga Mushroom extract is cold pressed. Cold pressed methods are best way to retain all the good properties and nutrients of any substance. Cold pressed nut oils are always preferred by Aromatherapists as carrier oils. 

Color: Mushroom Brown

Texture and Consistency: Thick, light weight, non-sticky, non-slippy, not too dense, cream

Scent: It has a clean herbal scent. Amazing and pleasing.

Application: I use this once a day as a part of my morning routine. I apply little less than dime size of this after washing my face with any cleanser. It is a serum and moisturizer rolled in one. Light massage with finger tips is all that I do. 

Feel and Effect on the Skin: The product spreads easily and gets absorbed completely by the skin. It is not very tacky and barely takes 15 seconds or less to disappear. The face feels velvety smooth and soft. It feels firm and tight, in a good way. The effect is almost instant. It is not a face lift but the firmness is evident. I have dry skin, but I don't have too many large pores. The product is very moisturizing and hydrating. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and any pores that I have, making the face look smoother and even. The hydration lasts for a good amount of time. It does not disappears in an hour unlike other K-beauty products. Also, it is good underneath makeup. I didn't notice my makeup slipping or disintegrating. There was no reaction to mushroom extract or any other ingredients in the product.

Packaging: It comes in a heavy, plastic jar that mimics frosted glass container. There is a spatula to scoop out the product. I love having spatulas, but I always have trouble storing them.

Verdict: I have been using this since 4 weeks now and it has improved the texture of my skin noticeably. As far a skin tone is concerned, I have yet to see much difference with the pigmented area. Pigmentation is something that has been one of my major concerns. I think this would show results in lightening the pigmentation is I use it for some more weeks. There are some amazing products like Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, Pixi glow tonic, Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, Laneige Brightening cream among the few I remember, that actually are good when it comes to tackling the pigmented patch problems. As a blogger I like to keep trying new products and just cannot stick to using my old favorites all the time. If you are looking for a product that would lift, firm, reduce fine lines, tighten and nourish the skin at same time, this Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum is a good one. It has all the needed anti-oxidants and the other good oils to nourish the skin. 

Algenist Power Night Pressed Serum is a new one and I am curious to try that. Loving this whole pressed serum concept. 

Few other serums I have used

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March 22, 2017

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss - Ignite

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss - Ignite

A smoothing and defining lip gloss that offers opulent shine.

The crème-de-la-crème of lip glosses, Extreme Sheen is pure luxury for the lips. The formulation delivers high shine and rich pigment without feathering, while active moisturizing and vitamin E provide intense hydration to keep lips from cracking or chapping.

It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates

I am not a huge fan of Lip glosses. Love to use them from time to time, but it is not a piece of makeup that I use every single day. I am very picky with what I choose in this category.

Color: I have this in the color Ignite. It is a sheer, shimmery rose gold with metallic sheen. The glosses come in three finishes. High Shine, Metallic and Shimmer finish.

Texture and Consistency: It is non sticky, thin, lightly tacky, light weight shimmery gloss. The shimmers are very fine and that gives us almost metallic look with high sheen.

Scent: It smells like a dessert. Maybe cake? I cannot pin point.

Application: The color I have is very sheer and not pigmented, so it can be topped easily over any shade of lipstick. I apply it on the center of my lips, totally avoiding the lip gloss to reach the corners of my mouth. I also applied it over bare lips, just for testing purpose.

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss - Ignite

Feel and Effect on the Lips: This is a very light weight, thin and non sticky lip gloss. It layers over the lipstick beautifully, without going on patchy but  as it is not highly pigmented, it does not alter the shade of the lipstick underneath. The shine is beautiful, but  does not lasts long. On bare lips it did nothing much. No tingling nor plumping with this one. It is mildly hydrating and does not dries or peels my lips.

Packaging: The packaging is quite unique. The tube is flattened and the cap snaps shut with a click.
The applicator is long and the flattened doe-foot and is very flexible. It picks up good amount of product. The flexible tip feels like a brush. The tip though is a thin n flimsy and might break if not handled carefully. It has not happened to me yet.

Verdict: This is not the most opaque or long lasting lip gloss. The high shine that is supposed to stay on the lips almost disappears after an hour. I have to re-apply it frequently. The formula on the other hand is very lovely and feels very comfortable on the lips, due to its light consistency. It did not dry or peel my lips. I only have one shade and I believe it is supposed to be sheer, but maybe the other colors are more pigmented and long lasting. Not my absolute favorite, though I love the thin formula.

MAC Cremesheen Lipglass has a lovely formula, while the Chantecaille Brilliant Lipgloss has amazing shine factor. Buxom Full On Lip Cream make the lips look most plump and juicy. NYX Butter Gloss from the drugstore has a great formula and is super affordable.

Few other lip glosses I have used

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March 20, 2017

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

An intensely moisturizing overnight treatment that works in sync with the skin’s natural night time recovery process, giving it the appearance of a visibly more defined, contoured complexion. 

A proprietary complex of black tea ferment, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract addresses damaging free radicals and helps to improve the appearance of skin elasticity, while belle de nuit extract helps to soothe the skin. The formula contains peptides to support the appearance of firmer skin and hyaluronic acid to attract and maintain moisture.

It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates

Color: Pale Beige

Texture and Consistency: Thick, not too dense, non sticky cream

Scent: It has a very signature 'Fresh' scent. Even the Black Tea Age-delay eye cream smells the same. It smells lovely. 

Application: I use this on cleansed and toned face, that has either a layer of Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Brightening Serum or SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment. Basically anything that has light chemical exfoliant. Recently I have been using Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum and then layering this overnight mask. I just massage the product gently with finger tips and let it rest. The creamy product spreads easily and is not sticky. The face feels little tacky for first 15 seconds or so and then sets in. I use this about 4 times a week in winter. There are other overnight masks that I rotate in my regime. 

Feel and Effect on the Skin: This is a rich cream. It sinks in though is not completely absorbed. I can see some greasiness. As it is a night time treatment, it does not bothers me. The product is hydrating and moisturizing. It just leaves the skin feeling super soft and nourished the next morning. I don't have any noticeable wrinkles as of now, so it is difficult to tell if this lifts and firms. The skin feels plump and supple, like some kind of relaxing spa treatment has been done. This did not break me out nor clogged my pores. I did not get those white bumpy things around my nose area. 

Packaging: Dark Amber colored, heavy glass jar. I use a disposable spatula to scoop the product out. 

Verdict: I love this Overnight Mask. It is fantastic! I have dry skin, so it works, but it can get heavy if I use it every night. Also, I use exfoliating serums underneath and this helps heal the rawness that is caused by mild peeling. I had really hard time working with the Sunday Riley Good Genes, as it was too harsh for me and it used to leave raw, dry patches that used to stay for 2-3 days. Now, I that I have figured out how to layer these products, the end results are amazing. The face appears bright, smooth, hydrated and radiant. It actually feels plump and supple. It would work for all skin types, though normal to dry skin would enjoy it more. 

Few other overnight face masks I have used 

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