February 25, 2017

Lorac Alter Ego Lip Liner (swatch)

Lorac Alter Ego Lip Liner
Lorac Alter Ego Lip Liner (swatches)

1. Duchess 2. Socialite 3. Heiress 4. Seductress 5. Goddess 6. Jet Setter 7. CEO 8. Secret Agent
9. Dominatrix 10. Pin Up

These are in-store swatches of Lorac Alter Ego Lip Liner. These were taken in-store using my iphone 6 camera. The lip liners were very soft and creamy as I swatched them. Also, they stayed on my hands for pretty long time. I made sure my hands were completely dry and not moisturized as I swatched these beautiful colors. 
In-store lights may alter the way these colors look. I did not use any filters or changed the contrast or brightness of the swatches. Please use this as reference to get rough idea of the colors. I do not own any single of these.

Few other lip liners that I own

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February 23, 2017

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum

A fast-acting dark spot serum with two percent hydroquinone to diminish the appearance of dark spots, age spots, freckles, and hyperpigmentation.

Key Ingredients and their roles
Hydroquinone, the pigment lightener lightens existing dark spots and age spots while addressing the causes of hyperpigmentation. Hexapeptide-2, an advanced skin-brightening peptide, gives skin a more even, radiant tone. Glycolic acid lifts away dull, dead skin cells and allows active ingredients to penetrate more quickly and deeply for faster, better results.

Color: Pale yellow, but tends to turn dark amber color over a period of time.

Texture and Consistency: Dense, thick liquid slightly slippery to touch

Scent: It actually smells weird. Not bad but definitely not a pleasant one.

Application: I take a cotton bud and dab the product exactly on top of dark spots that need to be treated, just like spot treatment. I tried applying it all over my face as recommended by the brand, but it didn't work for me. 

Feel and Effect on skin: It dried my already dry skin like crazy, when I used it all over the face. This one leaded to peeling of skin, leaving on dry patches and made the skin red and itchy. I think it is the whole exfoliation process that was going on. When I started to use it as spot treatment, only on the dark spots, it worked pretty well. It did made them red for few days initially, but later on they never became red and I did start to notice the spots lighten

Packaging: It comes in a glass bottle, with a pump dispenser.

Verdict: I have mixed thoughts about this one. It did work in lightening the dark spots and scars, the one's that were new, left due to odd acne here and there, but I didn't notice much difference on the hyper pigmented patches as whole. Well, I didn't give the product fair chance on huge area, as it dried my skin out really badly. I probably should try it out again with more better and effective moisturizing system later. Maybe some oil.
Hydroquinone is the active ingredient of this product and it is usually prescribed by dermatologists. 

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February 21, 2017

Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil (review)

Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil

A quick-absorbing, lightweight hydrating treatment that helps to balance all skin types, leaving skin feeling smooth, silky, and luminous. It deeply moisturizes, helps to improve skin’s suppleness and elasticity, and addresses signs of uneven texture.

It is formulated for all skin types, without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and is 99 percent natural and free from silicones, PEGs, colorants, and preservatives.

Color: Light yellow 

Texture and Consistency: Light weight, not too thick or viscous. It is not a very thin oil. I would say somewhere in between Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil (review) and Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face oil

Scent: The oil is aromatic. It has a floral, perfume smell. Strong initially, but later mellows down and is pleasant. 

Application: I take a few drops on my palms and apply it all over the face and neck, by slightly massaging it in with finger tips. It is advisable to pat the oil in by pressing gently on the face, but I find a little massage therapeutic. I use it on alternate nights and avoid using it during the day time. 

Feel and effect on skin: The oil sinks in pretty quickly. It does not disappears completely like lighter oils, but does not sits on top either. The key is to use only a few drops (3-4) Any excess oil will just stay on the skin, looking greasy without getting absorbed. The oil is part of my night time skincare routine. The skin feels moisturized and super soft the next day. Also, consistent use has improved the texture of my skin. It is even, without any dry patches. The skin looks plump, healthy and nourished. 

Packaging: It comes in an amber colored glass bottle with a dropper. The tip of the dropper controls the amount of oil dispensed. The amber color or cobalt blue color bottles are generally used to store aromatic oil blends because they help to keep out deteriorating sunlight and protect the aromatic and therapeutic properties of oils. 
Verdict: This is a rich, aromatic oil. The blend has Rose Hip seed oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil along with Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. This is such a classic blend for dry skin as well as mature skin. I have seen considerable difference with my skin texture. No dry patches and no clogged pores or dull skin. This would not be my first choice of oil if I had oilier skin. Also, I find that if I use it liberally, it gives me those white bumps. The key is moderation. The oil is prefect for skin that is very dry, dehydrated and under nourished. Consistent use results in soft, smooth and supple skin.

Few other oils that I rotate in my skincare regime

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