Review: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

After I finish the Chanel Le Blanc serum I wanted to find a cheaper alternative.  I read many good reviews on the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and purchased a bottle to try.  I have been using it for about 3 weeks now.

From Sephora’s description this serum claims to be oil-free, improve appearance of dark spots, and even out skintone to a brighter complexion.  Its main ingredient is Viniferine, a natural compound found in vine sap known to brighten, lighten, and even skin, which was patented by Caudalie in 2004.  It also claims that Viniferine is more effective than Vitamin C and arbutin in terms of brightening.  The 1 oz bottle is sold for $79.

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I’m about almost one half into the bottle

The 1 oz bottle is fairly small and expensive for its size

The 1 oz bottle is fairly small and expensive for its size

This serum is very lightweight.  It goes on the face very smoothly and absorbs quickly.  I like how it is oil free and made with natural ingredients and is non-comedogenic.  It also has a scent that I can’t really describe, which is not offensive to me and disappears fairly quickly after application.  One pump or squeeze is enough to cover my entire face.  I use it morning and night under a moisturizer.

I’ve got to say this product does do what it claims.  At least for me it did.  Within the three weeks period of using this serum I find my skin to be more brightened.  My hyperpigmentation from my past acnes are fading albeit slowly.  I wake up every day to a glowy skin.  I will continue to use this and see what happens.  So far I like it better than the pricey Chanel Le Blanc serum and it seems to work better too considering that I see results quicker.

If I have to say one thing I don’t like about this product it will be that it leaves a sticky residue on my hands after application.  I don’t know why although it is lightweight and fresh on my face, it is the opposite on my hands.  Really weird.

Overall, I really like this serum and probably will repurchase.  I’ve also started to use a moisturizer from Caudalie and so far I like it too.  I’m really impressed with Caudalie and will try out more of their products.

 

Review of High-end and Drug Store Concealers

Concealer is very important to me.  I need them to cover my post-acne marks.  There are times when I don’t want a full foundation face so concealer is the way to go to cover my blemishes.  For that purpose I tend to get my true shade instead of going lighter.

I think I purchased my first concealer during my freshmen year of college.  At that time, I know pretty much nothing about makeup other than lip glosses and mascara.  That was also the year I began to explore and discovered beauty blogs and videos on YouTube.  My skin was pretty good then and I didn’t need foundation.  So I went and got a concealer instead to cover the few flaws I had.  I still remember going into a M.A.C store with my friend Sharon and purchasing my first concealer and face powder.  How time flies! Since then, I had acquired more and found my holy grails.  The following are some I am currently using.

Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda: $10.49 (Target)

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I got this mainly because I seen gurus on YouTube using it so I decided to give it a try myself.  The bottom left one is a color corrector that has a greenish tint.  The top two are the concealers and the bottom right is a setting powder.

Pros: inexpensive, can mix concealers to get desired shades, sleek packaging

Cons: not very hygienic, tends to cake and crease, not long-lasting

 

Boots No7 Quick Cover Blemish Stick: $9.99 (Target)

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I got this when my sister-in-law said this is a dupe for the Hourglass concealer.  It is and maybe even better than the Hourglass one.  I think I found my holy grail drugstore concealer. It is very creamy but have a powdery finish.  Because of the powdery finish I don’t recommend using it on actual pimples or else it will get cakey!

Pros: inexpensive, easy to blend, great coverage, long-lasting, looks natural, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic

Cons: few color selections

 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Corrector: $7.99 (various drugstores)

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This product claims to be both a concealer and treatment corrector for dark spots.  Sounds nice, huh? I don’t buy that it will diminish dark spots over time but as a concealer it is pretty decent.  You have to twist the tube and product will come out of the sponge.

Pros: inexpensive (cheapest out of all my concealers), easy to blend, not cakey, looks natural

Cons: hard to control how much product come out, twist tube break easily, sponge applicator not hygienic, not very long-lasting

 

Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer: $32 (Sephora)

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I swatched this product on a trip to Sephora after I ran out of my holy grail concealer.  It was very creamy and easy to blend.  After applying it on my face, I like how natural it looks and purchased this to give it a try.

Pros: sleek packaging, good coverage, easy to blend, smooth texture

Cons: pricey, smudges/creases a little, not many color selections

 

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer: $70 (Saks, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys)

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This is a favorite among some people.  I’m pretty neutral about this product.  I don’t hate it nor do I love it.  I find it better as a concealer for under eyes.  For other areas of the face, I find it too drying.  It is a decent product but I think I can live without it.

Pros: very nice packaging, creamy texture, easy to blend, good coverage

Cons: EXPENSIVE, few color selections

 

La Mer “The Radiant Concealer” Broad Spectrum: $70 (various dept stores)

I don’t have this product anymore but still want to talk about it.  This is probably one of the worst concealers I ever used.  I hate it and already tossed it out.  I purchased it about two years ago for about $65 (now it is $70) when I was in a La Mer phase.  That was the worst $65 spent.  It is a creamy concealer with a powdery finish.  It doesn’t last at all and slides right after application.  With such an expensive product, I thought it would be amazing but I was deeply disappointed.

Pros: can’t think of any

Cons: expensive, not long-lasting at all, slides off right away, not very hygienic

MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer: $32 (Sephora)

This is my favorite concealer of all time.  I purchased this after the La Mer concealer failed me.  I was so surprised of how well it work for me.  As the name of the concealer said, it is full coverage.  I used it on pimples before and it concealed it very well. I like to use it on my post-acne marks and it looks very natural and stays put all day (even in hot Texas summer days).  I have pretty much used this every single day since I got it.  This concealer had lasted me for about a year and a half.  I have now ran out and need to repurchase.

Pros: full coverage, waterproof, light-weight, easy to blend, natural looking, long-lasting, non-comedogenic, hygienic squeeze tube helps control product usage, many shades to choose from

Cons: none for me :)

Pore Clogging Ingredients

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Towards the end of college to now, I went from normal/oily T-zone skin to acne prone skin and had to completely change my skincare products to suit my new skin type.  A few months ago, I got so desperate that I added the very well-known Pro-activ 3 steps system into my skincare routine.  I got to say it does work (although it also dried out my skin)!

Due to my blemished face I have to look out for products that does not aggravate it more.  I have to pay attention to the labels and look for oil-free and non comedogenic (non pore clogging) products .  As I was doing research about clogged pores, I came across a list of pore clogging ingredients.  I think it is great to have a list to refer to when reading a product’s ingredients (if they are provided).  It is to be known, however, that even the most natural products or products that claimed to be non comedogenic can still somehow contained pore clogging ingredients.  To read more about that and what pore clogging ingredients are out there you can visit here. 

Sometimes it is impossible to avoid all of these ingredients (as some manufacturers do not disclose all their ingredients) but it still nice to know what you can avoid.  Sigh…when it comes to skincare it is always a case of trial and error before you can find something that works.

Review: La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

The La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream is the new addition to the La Mer skincare line.  It is supposed to do the same thing as the infamous Creme de La Mer but with a lighter texture.

The original cream is a celebrity favorite as well as many other’s holy grail.  I have used both the original La Mer cream and the gel version before.  I never liked the original cream because it is very thick and rich.  You have to rub it in your fingers to warm it up to “release its ingredients” and then pat it into the face.  Even so I find it hard to spread and takes awhile for it to absorb.  Although the cream is very moisturizing, but because I have slight oily skin in the T-zone area, this cream makes me look like a grease ball at the end of the day.  Therefore, I can only apply it at night.  After I finished it, I never purchased it again and instead went to try the gel version which I like a lot better.  The gel was lightweight, easy to apply and absorbs fast.

When the soft cream came out, I decided to give it a try as I feel the gel wasn’t moisturizing enough for the winter months.  The soft cream was made with the same ingredients as the original cream and as the name suggested “soft,” in fact, a lot softer than the original cream. There is no need to warm it with the fingertips so it is a lot easier to work with.  It is a lighter texture than the cream but thicker than the gel.  It is very easy to spread and apply.  Like the gel, it also absorbs fast and sink into the skin.  It is very moisturizing and makes my skin very soft.  As with the other two moisturizers, the soft cream has a strong La Mer fragrance which to me is kind of grandma-ish like some Olay products.  I personally don’t mind the scent and find it to fade quickly.

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Overall, I like the soft cream for the winter months and the gel for the warmer months.  As for the original creme de La Mer I would recommend it to people with really dry skins that do not mind the extra step of warming it up with fingertips.  I’m very lazy and like to get ready in the morning and at night as fast as I can, so I find it annoying to add another extra step to my skincare routine :p

The price for the three different moisturizers are the same in term of size. $150 for the 1oz and $275 for the 2oz, which is pretty pricey for a face cream.  La Mer seemed to raised their prices.  I remembered I used to pay $250 for the 2oz and my sister-in-law said back in 2009 she paid $225.  For me I don’t mind the price as long as the product works for me.  However, if I do find a cheaper alternative that work just as well I don’t mind switching.

Review: Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Concentrate Continuous Action TXC

Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Concentrate Continuous Action TXC is a brightening serum.  I first saw this serum in a Taiwanese magazine Queen a few years ago.  I believed Chanel Le Blanc used to be an Asia exclusive line but is now readily available in Chanel counters in the U.S. You can usually find it at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s or other department stores that carry Chanel skin care.   I have been using this serum for a while and now on my third bottle.

From the Chanel website, it described this product as :
“Each of the exquisitely textured products in the LE BLANC range offers a specific benefit that works in synergy to brighten the complexion. As skin’s most intensive brightening ally, the concentrate delivers a high intensity of the TXC molecule, while pearl protein extract visibly corrects skin’s dullness and moisturizes. TXC—the first active brightening ingredient registered in Japan as a quasi-drug by a foreign company—has a distinctive structure that delivers continuous action for 12 hours. Skin becomes brighter and more radiant, as dark spots diminish and the complexion appears more even.”
 
My skin started to act crazy on me towards the end of college.  I suddenly went from normal cheeks and oily t-zone skin to very acne prone skin.  The worst thing is after the acne healed it left behind red/dark marks that takes months to disappear. This was why this product initially attracted me. It claims to make “dark spots diminish” and “corrects skin’s dullness.” I don’t want paler or brighter skin.  I just want my hyperpigmentation gone! So when I read the description, I thought this is exactly what I need!
 
The texture of the serum is very light and easy to apply.  It absorbs very fast and is not sticky at all.  One pump is enough for my entire face. It also has a very light floral scent that I find pleasant.  The scent goes away very quickly and is hardly noticeable.  I find the serum to be pretty moisturizing but just using it alone is not enough.  I will still use a moisturizer after it.
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As for my dark spots it did help fade it gradually.  I noticed when I get pimples and use this, it  helped a lot with the healing process after the pimple is gone.  My acne scars do get lighter.  However, it is not an overnight and dramatic change.  You have to consistently use it.  As for the overall brightening effect, I did not notice my entire face getter paler or lighter.  
This serum is similar to the Diorsnow White Reveal Essence that I have use in the past before (I used the entire Diorsnow set and went through about 3 sets of it but it didn’t do anything special for me).  The Diorsnow essence is light in consistency as well, but compared to Chanel I find Diorsnow to be a little stickier.
Overall, I like this serum and find it to help fade dark spots.  However, due to its hefty price tag at $195, I am on the look out to find a cheaper alternative that work just as well.
**Side note: I also purchased and used two bottles of the Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Moisturizing Cream.  It is a decent moisturizer but I think I can live without it because it didn’t do anything spectacular.  There are cheaper and better moisturizers out there.

Review: DHC Lip Cream

I love lip balms.  I have multiple lip balms.  I have one by my bed, in my purse, vanity, car, you name it.  I like to try different kinds of lip balms but my Holy Grail has to be the DHC Lip creams.

So what makes DHC different than all the other lip balms I tried? Well, it is very moisturizing. By far the most moisturizing lip balms I ever tried.

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The DHC lip creams are formulated with olive oil, aloe, and vitamin E which explained why it is so moisturizing.

I have very dry lips that peels easily due to the fact I don’t drink enough water (I know I know…It is bad.)  It is horrible when applying lipsticks and lipgloss because it makes my dry lips stand out more and looking very cracked.  Totally unattractive! The DHC really helped solve this problem for me.  It leaves a smooth surface for me to apply other lip products and help it lasts longer.  I will also put it on before I go to bed at night and when I wake up the next day I can feel my lips still smooth and moisturized.

I also use the lip cream as an exfoliant.  I will put on a thick layer and wait for a couple of hours and rub it off in warm water.  The dead skin will come off easily! I find it the best to do in the shower.  (I usually apply a thick layer at night before bed and then rub it off gently in the shower the next morning).  No need to buy or make lip scrubs :)

Pros Cons
  • Long lasting
  • Very moisturizing
  • Glossy finish but not sticky
  • Nice and sturdy packaging
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I can’t live without this lip cream and I will definitely buy it again and again.

Hello!

I always wanted to have a blog to share my experiences and hobbies but somehow something will always come in the way and I would put this idea away.

This time I am determined to keep this blog and continue to blog.

This blog will be showing my favorite skincare items/discoveries, makeup, fashion, and maybe a little bit of travel and lifestyle… Who knows…it may even be like my little online diary to rant about some boring nonsense. I just don’t want to limit myself to certain areas.

Let this blogging journey begin! :)