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More nail polish!

It had rained all weekend. I was splashed by a car while walking on the sidewalk, wet from head to toe (and no, the driver did not stop to apologize)! But good news, more pretty nail polish came to my life :)
I came across some kijiji postings last week. The nail polish were separated by brands and listed by full names. First thought came to mind: who in this neck of the wood has serious addiction like me? lol
Turned out, it was fellow blogger Beauty Obsessed whom I met at Sephora launch party last year. I was excited to meet up with her and grab some nail polish off her hands.
Using her categories, here are the drugstore nail polish I got:
First row: Joe Fresh Navy, Moss and Gunmetal
Second row:
- Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure (yep, backup)
- Del Sol Girls Night Out
- LA Colors Wired and
- Essence Get the Fever.
Salon brands and higher end nail polish:
First row:
- OPI Yodel Me On My Cell
- Orly Goth
- China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard and Hi-Tek
- MAC Dark Angel
Second row:
- Zoya Arizona and Yara
- Essie Pretty Edgy and Queen of Hearts
- Lise Watier Violet Dore (another backup), and
- American Apparel Peacock.
These are the most exciting shades cause they are from brands I haven't owned before:
- Deborah Lippmann Nefertiti and Satin Doll
- Rescue Beauty Lounge Insouciant
- Soulstice Spa Milan and
- A-England King Arthur.
Do we agree that I totally found a treasure here? New shades or backups, I'm smitten with all of them. I'm thankful to have these in my possession, they will be very well loved. You'll see them in future NOTD posts.
While browsing Forever 21 extra 50% off clearance sale, I found some nail polish. They are CAD3.80 normally, I paid 50 cents each.
From L-R: Blue/Green, Teal, Turquoise and Purple/Multi.
The names aren't particularly inspiring, but the colours are pretty cool with either slight duochrome effects or fine glitters - both are what I can't get enough of.
Since we won't have a F21 store until next Spring, I figure it was ok to grab some stuff off their site for now :)
And lastly, I tweeted about Sally extra 50% off clearance two weekends ago. Here is what I left the store with that day.
First row are the Orly Flash Glam Fx Mermaid Tale, Be Brave and Sashay My Way, red tagged for $6.99 (before the 50% off).
Second row: Orly Synchro, Shockwave and Decoded (Electronica collection), $4.99 before discount. Sad that I missed Preamp, the last shade of the collection.
The lonely China Glaze in the pic was Elephant Walk, $3.29 on the red tag. This is the only shade I own from the On Safari collection.
Did you do anything fun in the weekend?

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NOTD: China Glaze Some Like It Haute

It's a shame I waited so long to wear China Glaze Some Like It Haute from the Eye Candy holiday collection last year. It is glam, it is beautiful and it is glittery but it is dark, that might be why.
I started out with a blue/ teal colour on my nails (see below) but didn't feel like it was what I wanted. Not feeling crackles anymore, so a glitter top coat it was. Saw Some Like It Haute and thought it might be cool to see it over a coloured base.
And here we are, Some Like It Haute over blue :)
I was so glad that the idea worked out well. Some Like It Haute was sheer enough to allow the base colour to show through - Finger Paints Add & Abstract.
The dark base in Some Like It Haute changed the brighter blue in Add & Abstract into a dusty dark blue, which I really liked underneath different colours of glitters.
If they make a nail polish like this combo (if no one has done that already), I would buy it for the convenience. I'm bad at relating colours for dupes and stuff, all I know is this combination rocks.
Check out the glittery glow in this shot. The shade looks like it has multi coloured glitters in the bottle. On the nails, it looks mostly silver in the charcoal base. The random shine on the chunkier glitters, depending on the lighting source, makes it a really interesting colour.
Maybe next time, I'll try a purple or plum base with Some Like It Haute. I like a good glitter top coat, and dark base is just season appropriate. I'm trying to transition into Fall, still break out and try a bright one here and there, but I'm trying :)
On a personal note, I'm going through one of those roller coasters of emotions. Had a really bad night on Sunday, cried it out on twitter, felt like giving up. It was better yesterday, I lightened up a little, then was treated a crazy lobster dinner with all the jazz. Maybe I just need a good red lipstick then all is good in the world :)

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echemist UK haul

Don't you always wish there is an easier way to get beauty products that aren't from where you live at more reasonable prices?
It was a sad day when I realized Bourjois is a drugstore brand in the UK (where the Healthy Mix Serum foundation is £11 - roughly CAD17, with 3 for 2 promotion often) while in Canada, it is a prestige brand (the same foundation is CAD27, hardly any promotions). Enough said.

When I heard about echemist and their prices (on top of free international shipping), I gasped. Their £10 off £50 promotion at the time was icing on the cake, an order is in order, is it not? :) It took less than 2 weeks to arrive, everything was in good condition. Let me show you what I got.
First is my beloved Vichy Dermablend Corrective foundation, the best full coverage foundation I have ever tried. I got backups of my shade #35 Sand, and #25 Nude for my sis. Regular price on the site was around $23 with VAT. After promotion and VAT deduction, I paid $15 a bottle, half of Canadian retail price.
Then I got Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, reg. around $14 on the site, paid $9. I'd assume that this is the earlier version of the Healthy Mix serum foundation, correct me if I'm wrong. Shade selection was limited, I got #53 Light Beige, not my exact match, but I can make it work.

The last thing was Max Factor Panstik in #14 Cool Copper. Since we don't have this brand here, and I heard good thing about this product, I didn't pass up a chance to try it. Reg. $11, I paid around $8 for it.
So if you are looking for a reasonable source of products, I hope this post is helpful. Their customer service was great to answer all my questions about shade availability and VAT. I would definitely order from them again. And I'm not sponsored/ affiliated, paid for everything myself.

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Oceanic-inspired Lush

Though I am a Lost fan, this post is not about Oceanic Airlines and its famous flight 815. But on a similar note, I was "vacationing" by seaside with Lush over the last few weeks :) By using their oceanic inspired products, that is lol.
It was great to be taken to a beautiful place with ocean view and great smelling treats. Not very often that shower time has become enjoyable, let me tell you.
I normally choose bath products with fruity or calming scents, but trying an invigorating scent once and I'm kinda hooked.
For the face, I tried the Breath of Fresh Air toner water. This is a soothing seawater spray, ocean breeze in a bottle, to simply put.
I prefer using this as a refreshing spray than a toner, as I found the effect was more intense that way. The Pacific sea water is supposed to gently cleanse, seaweed softens and provides essential vitamins and minerals, rose and aloe vera sooth. So there's a little extra than just water on your face.
It is also suggested to be used after being in the sun, on the airplane or air-conditioned offices, which is exactly what I did. It did not disturb my makeup, the mild scent disappeared quite quickly too. And In the summer, leave it in the fridge for a bit and you can have a cool splash of fresh air :)
Ingredients: Spring water, Fresh Sea water, Aloe Vera gel (Aloe barbadensis), perfume, Carrageenan extract (Chondrus crispus), Rose absolute (Rosa centifolia), Patchouli oil (Pogostemon cablin), Rosemary oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Seaweed absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), Limonene, Linalool, Methylparaben
This toner water is good for all skin types, retails $8.95 (3.3oz/ 100ml) or $19.95 (8.4oz/ 250ml).
Now we start the shower routine with the Seanik shampoo bar, a mineral-rich voluminizing shampoo.
I never tried solid shampoo before and found it is pretty cool to use. Less messy (easy to travel with when need to), more concentrated scent, and it washed the hair just as well.
Seanik has seaweed and sea salt to nourish and soften hair and pump up the volume, plus lemon oil for extra shine.
I follow the instruction to glide the wet bar down the length of my wet hair about three times, work into a lather and rinse. Thought the shampoo did not lather as well as my regular one, my hair felt really clean and soft, even without a conditioner afterward. And the scent woke me up real quick, I am not exaggerating! Can't say I know how to describe the scent but it was awesome, not overwhelming nor herbally nor sweet.
Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Irish Moss gel (Chondrus crispus), perfume, Nori seaweed (Fucus vesiculosus), Sea salt (Sodium Chloride), Lemon oil (Citrus limonum), Mimosa absolute (Mimosa tenuiflora), Orange Blossom absolute (Citrus dulcis), Jasmine absolute (Jasminum officinale), Cocamide DEA, Limonene, FD&C Blue No. 1
The shampoo bar is $10.9 for 1.9oz. The tin ($3.95) is awesome in keep the solid shampoo dry between uses.
For the body, I used the Dirty Springwash shower gel with Gorilla perfume.
It was described as a dip in a mountain spring kinda feeling and I agreed. With spearmint and menthol, it gives the skin a cool feeling in the hot shower, and again, soft.
I chose to skip the bath oil after shower, for testing purpose. My skin feels incredibly clean and soft, way into the next morning. Just one thing to note: the scent did remind me of toothpaste, which, to be honest, is not my favorite. But it was subtle and did not linger.
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Propylene Glycol, Fine Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), perfume, Spearmint oil (Mentha viridis), Menthol crystals, Hydroxcitronellal, Methyl Ionone, Limonene, Linalool, FD&C Blue No. 1, Methylparaben
The shower gel is $9.95 (3.3oz/ 100ml), $17.95 (8.8oz/ 250ml) or $27.95 (16.9oz/ 500ml).
And to finish up, Ocean Salt face and body scrub comes in to play.
What got me excited about this scrub is the avocado and coconut (hydrate the skin) and the salt (coarse and fine, exfoliate). There is also lime and vodka (!!!) that have antibacterial effects, great for blocked pores, blackheads and blemishes. Me want!
I normally use a teaspoon to scoop out a small amount. You don't need much for the whole face. Make sure to get both the salt on top and the cream-like lotion underneath. And the bonus is it smelt like a cocktail, a light swift of scent across your nose, not to overwhelm you. The coarse salt is, well..., coarse, so those with sensitive skin might need to take note. Also note that the salt might irritate any open-faced blemishes, so avoid using the scrub in that situation.
A cotton pad test after washing my face using just this scrub surprisingly showed almost no trace of makeup, I didn't expect that at all. Yay for saving time before bed.
Ingredients: Fine Sea salt (Sodium Chloride), Fresh Grapefruit infusion (Citrus grandis), Coarse Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Stearic acid, Fresh Lime extracted in Vodka (Citrus aurantifolia), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycol Cetearate, Triethanolamine, Fresh Avocado butter (Persea gratissima), Coconut fat (Cocos nucifera), Lime oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Seaweed absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), Violet Leaf absolute (Viola odorata), Glycerine, Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, perfume, FD&C Blue No. 1, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
This scrub is $10.95 (4.2oz/ 120g) or you can get the larger size for $34.95 (8.8oz/ 250g).
This routine is great anytime, especially when you feel a little sluggish or like you are coming down with something (speak from experience, of course). Though if you have troubles sleeping, oceanic scents might keep you awake more than you need. Make sure you scent test before buying.

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NOTD: Kiko Rosso Glitter Sparkle Touch

I am super late in trying this colour out, considering my Europe haul was from last year lol.
This is Kiko Rosso Glitter Sparkle Touch #237. I don't know if this colour is discontinued, as it is not on Kiko website anymore. Their nail polish is on special sometimes for €2,50, great time to buy if you live where the brand is available.
I like Kiko from what I have tried so far, it just sucks that we don't have access to it here in Canada.
I know this is more of a summer colour, but I needed to talk about something bright and warmth today. We had a frost warning last night, and it was 8 degrees (about 46F) when I left the house this morning. Sure it is warming up but I'm not ready for this type of weather just yet. I still have a number of dresses to wear without being bundled up.
Anyway, this is 3-4 thin coats of 237, in natural light. It is sheer but buildable, work best as a glitter top coat if you aren't into putting on so many layers of it.
I personally don't mind that, as I found painting my nails are relaxing and comforting. It is actually a way to slow down my breath (like yoga). I try to keep the brush off the cuticles at all times, so if that fails, I know that I was impatient. Very therapeutic huh?
The gold and pink shimmers/ flecks are subtle but more visible with flash in this last pic. These, and the reddish pink base make it a very cheerful nail polish.
I hope I cheered some of you up. I needed it too. It's just Tuesday and I'm ready for the weekend already.

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Elf Sunscreen SPF45

A quick review today. I have been using this product the whole summer since the day I got it. It is elf Studio SPF45 Sunscreen, UVA/ UVB protection, which I found when browsing the site for my last elf order.
Since trying out La Roche-Posay Dark spot correcting serum, I always wear their Anthelios sunscreen SPF60 before makeup. So I'm good, protection wise but I love the idea of powder sunscreen for touch-ups during the day, doubling up as blotting powder.
The powder does have a sheer pigmentation which is invisible on my skin tone but might show up on your skin, if you are too light or too dark. I know some of you use mineral powder foundation or pressed powder, but SPF45 is not easy to come by. This alone gets an A+ from me.
As pictured on the packaging, the container is square, with lid that screws open. Inside is a puff (which I don't normally use but is helpful in a pinch) and the loose powder underneath the sifter. The sticker on top of the shifter was to avoid spillage, and I only peeled it off half way, allowing enough powder to shift through but not too much, especially during travel.
The powder is said to be infused with Aloe Vera and Grape Seed extract, and Vitamins A, C and E to help nourish and sooth the skin. Sure, extra benefits are all welcome.
Active ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 23.3% and Zinc Oxide 18.7%. The jar is 0.35oz/ 10g, retails $6.
So, in short, it is a great sunscreen in powder form, great price point (especially if you order during a 50% off sale). Since we are supposed to wear sunscreen all year round, rain or shine, I think this product is essential any time and season.

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NOTD: Maybelline Twilight Rays

This, ladies (and gentlemen), is Maybelline Color Show in Twilight Rays.
There was only one bottle left of this shade when I noticed it, so of course I had to get it.
I know the colour is not really summer/ fall appropriate, but I don't base my nail colours on seasons :)
This nail polish line impresses me with all the shades I tried, and that means a lot. Besides my beloved Denim Dash, Twilight Rays is gotta be another must have of mine. And should be yours too, if you are into vampy dark shades with beautiful shimmers.
This is with indirect flash, it looks almost black, but the gold shimmers peek through all that darkness, don't they?
Under natural (week) light, you still can see the shimmers. It just depends on how the light hits the nails, I guess. I hope I didn't do too bad of a job in showing them, either way.
This was 2 coats, if I remember correctly. First coat was sheer, so don't stop there to judge the colour just yet :)
Opacity is good, no application issue and it wore well. I haven't come across a shade from Color Show line that I don't like. Good job, Maybelline and keep at it!
The good news is we'll be getting more Color Show shades with the LE Scene on the Runway (Fashion Week) collection. We'll get them a little later but at least they aren't US exclusives.
Here I was catching the last sun rays on the way home. Absolutely love it!
I read on blogs that Twilight Rays is a close dupe of NARS Night Clubbing (a LE shade). I don't have the NARS shade to compare, but thought I should mention it, just in case it is your long time lemming or something :)
Close up, if you feel like looking at the "dark" lol. After wearing Twilight Rays for 2 days, I switched to a hot pink, back to the cheerful summer mood.
How was everyone's weekend? I did some point redemption at Shoppers, but didn't get around to take pics yet. Hopefully soon.
It is raining cats and dogs today, I had my red wedge jellies on so "yay" for a rainy Monday. We have 2 big cruise ship in the harbour, poor those tourists having to put up with Halifax rain :)

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SeabuckWonders

Have heard quite a lot about sea buckthorn but I'm late getting my hands on the products. It was a great opportunity when SeabuckWonders contacted me for a review.
SeabuckWonders has the only full line of products made with 100% USDA Certified Organic Himalayan sea buckthorn.
Just a quick reference: 100% pure sea buckthorn Berry contains x10 more Vitamin C than oranges, x3 the Vitamin A in carrots, x6 more β-carotene than pumpkins, x5 more SOD (superoxide dismutase) than ginseng and the highest concentration of Vitamin E among fruits.
Sea buckthorn is a powerful antioxidant, packed with over 190 nutrients, especially the rare Omega 7, good for skin health and cell membrane support. SeabuckWonders' products are Kosher certified, gluten free, recommended by Dr. Oz. Impressed?
Let's see how these products work, shall we?
This is my favorite product: Sea Buckthorn Oil Blend - Omega 7 Complete. It is an extract of Sea Buckthorn seed oil and berry oil. Best of both worlds, they say, and I am all about convenience.
Suggested use: a dietary supplement, 2-4 soft gels daily (with or without food). These are supposed to help with skin, gastrotestinal, heart and liver health.
I started out with 2 a day, noticed an improvement in my immune system over the 2-3 weeks I used it. I was close to catching a cold a few times but managed to avoid it. The breakouts on my face took less time to calm down, but this of course was with the support of spot treatments as well. Don't know if it helps any of my internal organs, can't tell within the short period of time.
No adverse/ odd reactions as a result of these, I'm happy to report. I will continue to finish the bottle up and see if I can find the product around here to add it to the supplements I try to take daily.
A bottle of this oil blend has 60 soft gels, 500mg each (4 parts Berry oil and 1 part Seed oil), retails $30.
Now we examine the two oils that are part of the oil blend above.
This Sea Buckthorn Berry oil comes in the liquid form, housed in a glass bottle with a dropper at the top. The oil was extracted from the whole berries and contains high level of Omega 7, recommended for skin care, inflammation, redness and irritation treatment. 
The first suggested use is a dietary supplement, 35-70 drops daily (with or without food). I am personally prefer the soft gel format, so I don't taste or smell the oil when I take it, even when mixed with my juice or food. The oil is deep orange because of the high level of carotenoids, and it smells like seaweed to me.
I used the oil as a mix-in with my moisturizer or body lotion (the white blob in the pic), and only at night before bed, because it does leave a tint on the skin for about 30 minutes, and I am already orange enough lol. Any colour left in the morning, I could easily wash it off.
I enjoy the extra benefit of the oil in my body products. The skin feels properly moisturized and soft. The bottle is 1.76oz/ 52ml, retails $25. Each 35 drops contain 1000mg Berry oil, and I only use about a quarter of that each time.
And then there is Sea Buckthorn Seed oil, extracted from only the seeds of the berries (harder to do). It lacks the rare Omega 7 that is found in the Berry oil.
First shown here are the soft gels, as a dietary supplement, 2-4 soft gels daily on an empty stomach. Again, this format does not leave a smell or taste, easier to take orally. However, I don't see the need to take the Seed oil by itself if I already have the Oil blend - unless you already get enough Omega 7 from other sources. 
You can also extract the oil inside the capsules to apply it externally but I think it is pretty messy to do. Go for the liquid (below) instead. The bottle has 60 soft gels, 500mg each, costs $33.
And here is the Seed oil liquid, 1oz/ 30ml, $33. Also suggested as a dietary supplement, 35-70 drops daily (with or without food). Same idea, not a "go" for me orally but externally.
Notice the lighter colour of the oil here compared to the Berry oil. The tint is hardly noticeable on the skin, which is certainly easier to use. It is a trade-off.
Seed oil, even without Omega 7, still contains high levels of vitamin E, omega 3 and 6, great for the skin and immune system support.
All in all, I recommend the Oil blend as a supplement. For the skin, the Berry oil grabs all the good nutrients, plus Omega 7, and is cheaper than the Seed oil.
SeabuckWonders' products are available at health food/ supplement stores in the US (not yet in Canada) or online from Tao of Herbs. They ship in the US for between $6-9 (or free with purchase of $100), and $10 flat rate for Canada.

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NOTD: Bourjois Lime Catwalk

I did not notice the new Bourjois So Laque! Ultra Shine nail polish line until I was sent a colour to attempt some nail art with. My regular Shoppers is not a Beauty Boutique where the brand is carried, so I hardly know about new releases.
But I fixed that. I have for you today Lime Catwalk from the Paris Show Time summer collection, with a French twist.
The line supposedly has twice as much vinyl and a blend of highly reflecting resins for nails with high shine, holding for up to 7 days. The bottle is 10ml, retails $10.
Above pic was outside, in the shade, and below was with flash which showed the brighter payoff of the colour. IRL, it is leaning more toward green than yellow.
I applied 4 thin coats, since the shade was a little sheer, and hid the VNL with the contrast French tips, using Bourjois Holiday in Hawaii as part of the LE Colour Pop Mini Nail kit.
The trick to the straight lines on the tips was striping tape. I chose the tape colour that was close to the tip colour to partly hide it.
I found the tape was helpful in keeping my tip colour in line but did not wear so well. By the first day, it already lifted up at the edges. Party my fault though, since I didn't have the cuticle scissors to trim it to the right length once it was on the nails. Lesson learned for next time.
Here you can see the mini bottle (3ml) of Holiday in Hawaii. I applied 2 coats here, quite good opacity.
I found this shade pulled a little at the tips, hence the tip wear that you can see here after Day 1. I'm not sure it was my top coat that caused this, but another coat of the colour will fix it.
All in all, I liked Lime Catwalk and would explore the So Lacque! line a little more when I come across them again. And to give Holiday in Hawaii another fair chance, I would wear it by itself next time and see what happens. The colour is pretty for both summer and fall, I'd say.

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Make Up For Ever event giveaway

If you are local, there is an exciting event hosted by Make Up For Ever at our Sephora next Saturday, September 8, from 12 - 6pm.
The team of Make Up For Ever pro makeup artists will offer one-on-one consultation to help you find your perfect HD foundation match. No appointment needed.
And if you make a purchase of the HD Complexion Starter kit at the event, you'll receive a free gift, while supplies last. See my Make Up For Ever experience post for more information about the kit.
And for those of you who can't attend the event but are in Canada, there is something for you too. Enter the giveaway below to win the HD Complexion Starter kit for yourself, customized to your HD foundation shade.

Have fun and good luck!

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La Roche-Posay skin and sun care

It has been a delight to see La Roche-Posay being more media active lately, as the brand deserves proper recognition, in my opinion. I was lucky to be offered some new products to test out.
I kinda jumped when I heard about Mela-D Pigment Control Concentrated Dark-spot Correcting serum, it was right up my alley.
The claim: After 2 weeks, dark spots are visibly reduced. Over the period of 8 weeks, appearance of size and colour intensity of dark spots are significantly reduced. Skin complexion is more uniform and skin is more radiant.
What it has:
- 2% Kojic Acid: reduces dark spots and skin discoloration
- Lipo Hydroxy Acid (LHA) and Glycolic Acid: help shed dark cells from the skin surface, increase radiance
- Thermal Dermobiotic: calms the skin.
A few warnings:
- Avoid eye area and direct contact with eyes, lips and nostrils. Use maximum once a day (recommended at night, after cleansing)
- AHA may increase skin sensitivity toward the sun and sunburn. Suggest a UVA/ UVB sunscreen of SPF15 or higher, and reapply when necessary
- Do not use at the same time (or within 24 hours) of using other exfoliating products, dermabrasion or treatments containing retinoic acid, phenol or salicylic acid
- Do not use the product if you have undergone a tanning treatment within the past 7 days.
Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Kojic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyltaurate, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Disodium Edta, Hydroxyethycellucose, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Vitreoscilla Ferment.
The serum is a clear liquid, comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. It is suggested the amount of one full dropper each time but I actually only need half of it. I follow the warnings closely, though it was not easy not to use the Clarisonic, scrubs or my acne spot treatment.
The result: the dark spots on my cheeks (left behind by old acne) are getting lighter. Not an overnight sight, mind you, but it is gradually noticeable. The long term effects (8 weeks, I'm not there yet) are still to be determined, but I have something to hope for and work toward.
The serum is Hydroquinone/ fragrance/ paraben free. Full size is 1oz/ 30ml, retails $55.
Next is the Effaclar Mat Daily moisturizer for oily skin, anti-shine, anti-enlarged pores. With its sebulyse technology + micro-exfoliating LHA, it is to reduce sebum production and restore balance in oily areas, moisturize the skin. Suitable for sensitive skin.
Suggested use: Daily, morning and/or night for the whole face. Excellent makeup base.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isocetyl Stearate, Alcohol Denat, Silica, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylamide/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Cocamide Mea, Sarcosine, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Isohexadecane, Perlite, etc.
I love multi purpose products. The moisturizer has replaced my regular primer/ mattifier every morning now. I'm already worried I'd run out of it soon lol.
The result: My face literally stays matte the whole day until I remove my makeup at night. No blotting needed, period. I rotate my foundation during the testing period, and they all hold on well.
The moisturizer is non comedogenic and paraben free. The bottle is 1.35oz/ 40ml, retails $30.
The next product comes really handy pairing with the two products above (remember the warning about the need of a sunscreen with the serum?) - Anthelios with Mexoryl Ultra-fluid lotion, SPF60 Broad Spectrum UVA/ UVB protection for Face.
Suggested for daily use (shake well before use), excellent makeup base. Quick absorbing, matte finish. Ultra light, suitable for oily skin. Exactly how I feel about this sunscreen. No glamourized claims here.
It comes out of the bottle as a white liquid (not lotion), but turns to a powder finish as soon as it hits the skin. I have never seen any sunscreen like this. There is no wait time between it and the moisturizer, as it dries instantly. And SPF60 is a great level of protection. Love and totally recommend it!
Active ingredients: Homosalate 10%, Oxybenzone 6%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (Mexoryl) 2%.
The sunscreen is non comedogenic, fragrance/ paraben free, water resistant. It is 50ml, retails $26.
And lastly, the icing on the cake after a long day out in the sun: Posthelios Hydrating After-sun Melt-in gel. Doesn't it sound wonderful already?
The formula is enriched with lipid-restoring agents to soothe dry skin under stress from sun exposure. The skin will feel moisturized, rehydrated, nourished with moisture. Suggested use: Massage in lightly after a bath or shower.
Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii/ Shea Butter, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Octyldodecanol,  PEG-30 Stearate,  Glyceryl Stearate, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Acetate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, etc.
Don't know if I need to say anything else about this gel other than it does a wonderful job as its name suggests. It calms my skin right down, and has replaced my bath oil after shower for days that I am outside a lot.
The gel is paraben free, nickle levels guaranteed lower than the threshold for allergic reactions in sensitized subjects. Good size (200ml), retail price $26.
I am very happy to find another successful skin care routine that target my skin concerns. If you are tired of reading my ramblings here, head on to My Skin Check website (created by La Roche-Posay) to learn about sun protection and more.

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