Korres Greek Yoghurt Advance Nourishing Sleeping Facial Review

So last night I half-ass cleansed my bare face(ie no make-up) by using a cleansing wipe. It was late and I didn’t want to take the time to do everything I normally do. I probably should have, but that’s what happened. After that half-ass cleansing I decided to try Korres Greek Yoghurt Advance Nourishing Sleeping Facial.

(photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

What It’s Formulated to Do(from sephora.com)

A centuries-old Greek remedy for skin soothing, moisturizing Greek Yoghurt provides a natural source of proteins, minerals, and vitamins to instantly nourish stressed, dry skin. This ultrahydrating facial-in-a-jar contains a Greek Yoghurt concentrate with two and a half times the protein content of regular yogurt, and works overnight to provide skin with intense, long-term moisturization and nourishment to create a smooth, even complexion. You will wake up to noticeable improvements in skin texture and more moisturized, refreshed skin.

I received the Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial as a 100 point perk from Sephora a week or so ago. I thought I’d give it a shot last night because my usual nighttime moisturizer was running out and I was curious how it would work. It turns out this was not made for me and my skin.

It.smelled. Now it didn’t smell bad. The smell reminded me of the Guava Body Butter, also sold by Korres, so as I put it on my face I wasn’t immediately turned off. It was a familiar smell, so I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal. I was wrong. I tossed and turned in my bed hoping that it just needed some time to dissipate, but it didn’t. The smell wasn’t my only complaint though.

The product was really heavy on my skin. It didn’t seem too thick as I squeezed it into my hand, but after I finished putting it on my face I knew it was too much for me to handle. I tried to give it a shot, but I was so uncomfortable that after 30 minutes of trying to sleep I finally got out of bed to wash my face and scrape the last of my usual night cream out of its jar.

So between the smell and the feel of the product I couldn’t deal with Korres Greek Yoghurt Advance Nourishing Sleeping Facial. If the smell wasn’t so strong I probably could give it another shot. I’ve dealt with thick moisturizers before, but the smell was so overpowering that I took my pillowcase off so I could sleep.

It’s just a guess, but those with dry skin may love this. I hoped product reviews on Sephora were broken up by skin type so I could get a clearer sense of who liked/disliked the product but they weren’t. If you’ve tried this or will try this in the future let me know. I’d love to know your thoughts.

The full size 1.35oz Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial retails for $45 and is available at Sephora.

(photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

INGREDIENTS

Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Trihelptanoin, Alcohol Denat., Behenyl Alcohol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Glyceryl Stearate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Distarch Phosphate, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Galactoarabinan, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Yogurt Powder, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

Save Your Money: Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Benefit Cosmetics makes one of my favorite mascaras, They’re Real! Mascara, so when I saw that Sephora.com was offering a free mini of Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-up Liner I jumped on it. The full size They’re Real! Push-up Liner is $24 and is a gel-liner comes in a pen form. It is supposed to be long wearing, smudge-proof, and easy to use.

Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner
Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner(mini)

From Sephora.com
This eyeliner’s soft AccuFlex™ tip is custom-angled to draw an easy line. Its flat, wide guard gently pushes lashes aside to get close to lash line.

So with all that said, is it true? Kinda.

When you first open the eyeliner an orange plastic piece is in the tip of the pen that must be removed before you can use the product. Once that piece is removed you have to spin a bottom piece several times for the product to come out of the tip. When product comes out you wipe off the excess and your Benefit They’re Real Push-up Liner is ready to use. Easy peasy right? Nope.

Here’s what’s true: it’s smudge proof and you can get it close to your lashline with it. The rest is open to interpretation.

I don’t have a steady hand and it’s one of the reasons I’ve steered clear of most gel and liquid liners. Since my hand shakes a bit it, made the liner a little difficult for me to use. If your hand is steadier than mine then you may not have problem with it.

Initially it was a mess. I didn’t realize that the product needed to be flush with the tip at all times. That means you must click the pen so some product comes out and then wipe the excess away so it’s flat. Before I figured that out I was unfortunately layering liner on my lid and not in a good way. I was scared it was going to flake off, but I was able to smooth it out with the tip to make it look better.

They're Real! Push-up Liner Accu-Flex tip.
They’re Real! Push-up Liner Accu-Flex tip.

Once I figured out that I needed to keep it flush, I had to deal with the difficulty of getting a smooth application. I don’t have taut eye skin so my liner is going to skip if I attempt to line my eyes in one swipe. To deal with that, I gradually line my eyes. But that technique didn’t really work for this product. And the idea of needing to constantly click the pen and wipe away product seems tedious.

Both applied L to R: The top line is when the product is flush with the tip. The bottom is when it's not. And as you can see it almost looks like it can be flaked away.
Both applied L to R: The top line is when the product is flush with the tip. The bottom is when it’s not. And as you can see it almost looks like it can be flaked away.

The concept is cute, but this may not be it. I think that it would be a lot easier to get some gel liner and a brush to do what this product is supposed to do. It’s unfortunate because the gel-liner is nice. It’s matte and it’s not going anywhere(to remove use waterproof remover). That’s usually what one wants in a liner. The tip is soft and flexible and that helps you get close to the lashline. But that good stuff can’t trump how ho-hum I feel about this push-up liner.
Have your tried Benefit’s They’re Real Push-up Liner? Did you love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between?

benefit liner
Photo courtesy of Sephora.com Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner (full size)

Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner is available at Sephora, Ulta, and where ever Benefit products are sold.

In My #TLCVoxBox: Avon ANEW Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother

FULL DISCLOSURE: This product and the products pictured in this post were sent to me for free through the Influenster program for review. All opinions are my own.

I received the Avon Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother for free through the Influenster program. It retails for $30 and came in the TLCVoxBox along with some other items. I was excited to get the box and potentially review something I don’t normally use but it turns out I wasn’t able to assess this as much as I would’ve liked. It turns out I don’t need a wrinkle smoother.

Avon ANEW Wrinkle Smoother
Avon ANEW Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother

I have fine lines on my forehead so that’s where I put it and it just didn’t make that much of a difference for me. I think part of that is because the lines aren’t that prominent in the first place. How can you fix something when it’s okay to begin with? The other problems that it’s made to tackle, crow’s feet and laugh lines, haven’t hit my face (yet) so I wasn’t able test it against them either. Don’t get me wrong, I do have skincare concerns, it’s just not wrinkles.

I wish I could’ve tested this on someone else, but how do you say “Hey, let me use this product on you because I don’t have the wrinkles for it.” That’s not nice. And just because I think you have a skincare concern doesn’t mean that you feel the same.

I did see rave reviews on Avon’s facebook page so it’s working for other people. Feel free to check on the hashtag #AvonANEW  if you think this something you’d like to try.

On a sidenote: It does remind me of Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch which is billed as a primer to fill in fine lines so I’m tempted to revisit this at some point and see if it works in that respect or to conceal pores.

Avon ANEW Wrinkle Smoother

Have you tried any the Avon Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother?

Speak to your Avon Representative for more informantion about ordering this product or visit Avon.com

FOTD: A Bold Summer Look Re-creation

FULL DISCLOSURE: Nars 413 BLKR Illuminator and Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo were gifted to me.

I was hanging around on Youtube and decided search for some Nars videos and ran across this one:

In this video head artist, Cindy Rodriguez, used some of the products from Nars Cosmetics’ Summer 2014 Adult Swim Collection to create a look around a bold lip. I decided to recreate the look with a few tweaks since I don’t own everything from Adult Swim.

Bold Lip Nars Summer 2014  Re-creation
Products I used for this look are below.

I feel good about it. Obviously the artist in the video didn’t wing out the eye. I did that just to add more drama because my eye looked a bit plain without it. I’ll be getting some swatches up of Lost Coast and 413 BLKR soon so you can see them upclose. I’ll also put what I used below. Let me know what you think.

Are you big on recreating the looks you see or do you just do what you want?

Products used:

Face

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation – 177

Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer – Ebony Bronze

NARS Blush – Desire

NARS Iluminator – 413 BLKR

Eyes

NARS Eyeshadow Duo – Lost Coast

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen eyeliner – Black

Lips

NARS Lipstick – Funny Face (swatches here)

 

Started From A Sample Now We’re Here: NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with samples. On the one hand they’re great for trying out products and if they suck you don’t have to live with buyer’s remorse. On the other hand if you love it you have to deal with the urge to run out and buy it. I ended up having to deal with the latter scenario because I was on a no-buy when I began to use my NARS Cosmetics Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer.

Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime
Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer $34 (photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

The Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer was a 100 point perk from Sephora I received in March when I ordered a couple of Nars Matte Multiples from Sephora.com. The full size is $34 dollars so it’s not cheap but I think it’s worth it. Obviously, I didn’t use it immediately because here it is nearly July and I’m just now talking about it. That’s another thing about samples, sometimes they’re easy to forget and they languish somewhere never to be seen again. Luckily, that didn’t happen with this primer.

“NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex captures light, instantly optimizing its reflection. Everyday dullness and signs of fatigue fade as skin is infused with vitality. Advanced Optical Technology optically elevates skin’s natural contours, adding shape and definition. Skin looks luminous all day, in any source of light. Light Optimizing Primer glides right on and absorbs instantly, smoothing and evening skin’s surface. ” (from Sephora.com)

The various times I wore this primer I found myself not needing to blot as much as I did with other primers. I think my skin is on the extreme end of oily and it’s pretty annoying.  I kept checking my face wondering if I was truly seeing what I was seeing, a face that wasn’t an oil slick, and I wasn’t mistaken.

Since this is billed as a light optimizing primer I wasn’t surprised to see some glitter on my face after rubbing the primer into my skin. The E.L.F. Radiant Glow primer(reviewed here) gave a similar finish, but the amount of Nars primer I squeezed it out was easier to control so I didn’t experience glitter overkill.  Another thing about the Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer vs the Radiant Glow is that this one readily absorbed into my skin while the e.l.f. one just sat on my face.

With a $34 price tag I know this isn’t for everyone, but I think this primer is going to replace the other ones I’ve been using. Sometimes a girl’s gotta splurge on the stuff that works.

I couldn’t resist. LOL

Have you tried the Nars Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer?

Nars Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer is available at Sephora, department stores, Nars Boutiques, and narscosmetics.com.

A Bit Lukewarm: Melt Cosmetics

So Melt Cosmetics recently had their 1st birthday in May and to celebrate offered free shipping. I was not able to take advantage of this because the sold out shades I wanted were still sold out. However, I did get By Starlight and Space Cake the day before.

By Starlight Melt Cosmetics
Melt Cosmetics By Starlight
Space Cake from Melt Cosmetics
Melt Cosmetics Space Cake

Let me say upfront that I wasn’t exactly wowed by either lipstick. Texture wise they’re decent and highly pigmented. They do have a smell and it’s not faint. To me it just smells like lipstick but if you dislike strong smell you should probably pass. They are super matte which is cool because I like matte finishes. And as matte as they are I didn’t think they were overly drying on my lips. However, like a lot of matte lipsticks they really are unforgiving when it comes to dry skin.

I’m in an ongoing battle with dry skin so I must exfoliate to get the best application and found that even my best efforts weren’t quite enough. One thing that seemed to help was applying the lipstick in one continuous direction rather than back and forth. I found that it gave a smoother application and helped disguise areas where a tiny piece didn’t quite come off during exfoliation.

By Starlight swatch Melt Cosmetics
By Starlight
Space Cake Swatch Melt Cosmetics
Space Cake

Both were easy to remove, but By Starlight left a red stain on my lips. I was a bit surprised by the red stain because the product is purple but what can you do?  It’s just something to bear in mind because when it wears off it’s going to look like your wearing red instead of purple.

I was a bit disappointed by the color of By Starlight. I thought it was going to be darker.  In the tube and on my lips it just didn’t give me the deep violet color I saw on the website.

Space Cake wasn’t love at first sight either, but I don’t feel as disappointed with it as I do with By Starlight. Space Cake was a “step out of my comfort zone” kind of purchase so I didn’t think I’d love it right out of the tube. It took some getting used to once it was on, but I did get a compliment from my husband who said it was a wild look but still pretty.

Right now I’m neutral on this brand. My initial excitement with Melt Cosmetics was because of some other colors that are sold out at this time so I can’t honestly say “buy it” or “don’t buy it”. Depending on when/if I get my hands on those colors I hope I’ll be able to give a definitive yes or no on these.

In the meantime, have you tried Melt Cosmetics?

By Starlight in the tube
By Starlight – Wish it was a bit darker
Melt Cosmetics Space Cake in the tube
Space Cake – Unconventional but pretty

Melt Cosmetics lipsticks retail for $19 and come in 12 shades.

Independent Brand Watch: Glitter BuzzStyle Cosmetics Posed Baked Blush

I’m no make-up snob. If a smaller company makes good make-up I’m willing to give it a shot. The make-up world is so much bigger than department store counters and drugstore aisles. Independent brands are trying to make their mark and as a consumer I’m excited to try their products.

About a month or so ago Aprill at Glitter Gloss Garbage did a post about Glitter BuzzStyle Cosmetics and held a giveaway where one of their Pose Baked Blushes was the prize. I was lucky enough to win so I’m showing you the lovely Essence Rose.

Glitter BuzzStyle Cosmetics Essence Rose Pose Baked Blush
Glitter BuzzStyle Cosmetics Pose Baked Blush in Essence Rose

I was really excited to get this blush but it took a little while for me use to it because my skin revolting against me. Once I was able to use it I was really happy with it. Essence Rose is described as a bronze with pink undertones. The Pose Baked Blushes are also hypoallergenic and fragrance and paraben-free.

When I used this I underestimated how pigmented the product was and loaded up my brush. When I applied it to my cheeks it was Essence Rose overload. Thankfully, it blended down very well with just my fingers.

Glitter BuzzStyle Pose Blush Swatch - Essence Rose
Essence Rose
Essence Rose Blended Down
This is Essence Rose blended out. You can see the flecks but this obviously a close up.

There’s a bit of a sparkle in the blush. It’s not overkill but as you turn the product in the light you can see tiny flecks. Once on the cheeks though it’s not that noticeable. The sheen of the product is more apparent than any flecks.

I wore it for about 5 hours and didn’t experience any fading. I’m willing to bet that it will hold up throughout the day, but of course results will vary.

Glitter BuzzStyle Cosmetics’ Pose Baked Blush retails for $10 each. They also have a Beauty Value Set that consists of Essence Rose and their other shade Pink Rhinestone(see swatches on Glitter Gloss Garbage) for $16.

Follow Glitter Buzz Style on Twitter @gBSCosmetics and it’s creator Chasity Palmer-Davis @glitterbuzzinfo

I’m Going on a No-Buy. But First Lemme Buy Some Melt Cosmetics

I’m going on a 30 day no-buy. *cue all the sad violins* This is happening so I can use what I have and get to know what I have so I can review it properly. But the no-buy doesn’t begin until…

 

 

Wait for it…

 

 

These lipsticks come back in stock.

(courtesy of meltcosmetics.com
(courtesy of meltcosmetics.com)

Melt Cosmetics first birthday is tomorrow(May 17) and they are celebrating with free shipping when you buy 2 lipsticks or more from midnight-midnight(pacific time). There is a coupon code for domestic and international shipping so no one should feel left out.

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There are lots of photos around the web of these lipsticks and I’m really eager to try them out. I’ve seen people do ombre looks with them, pair them with different liners, and just wear them as is. Since they’re not your typical red or pink lipsticks I’m sure they’re possibly a turn-off to some. However, I think they look pretty sick and need them so badly it’s not even funny.

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I have my eye on Bane(black), DGAF(blue), and Blow(green). A few weeks ago Rihanna wore a green lipstick to the IHeartRadio Awards and some speculated that what she was wearing might be Blow by Melt Cosmetics. I haven’t seen any confirmation of that, but seeing her in that lipstick really sent me over the edge and made me hop off the fence when it comes to unconventional lipstick colors. I have been stalking the Melt Cosmetics’ website ever since.

I’m hoping that everything will be back in stock considering it is their 1st birthday. I’m going to set my alarm so I can wake up and order my lipsticks. The hoarder in me needs one more run before my break.

So are you like this for Melt Cosmetics?

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Or this?

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I know which one I am. Let me know in the comments. Also, pray that I stay strong during my no-buy.

Melt Cosmetics lipsticks retail for $19 and are sold at meltcosmetics.com

New and Improved! Nars Lip Gloss – Stella

I was lucky enough to be a sent a few Nars Cosmetics products last week. One of them happened to be their reformulated lip gloss in Stella. This is my first experience with the new formula and I’m pretty impressed.

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella $26
Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella. $26

One of the complaints about the old formula was its thickness and stickiness. It wasn’t ever anything that kept me from purchasing, but the new formula doesn’t have those problems. When I remove the wand from the gloss I can tell that there isn’t any resistance. With the old glosses that’s not the case.

Stella is described as a muted raspberry
Stella is described as a muted raspberry

It felt more moisturizing than the old formula. I tend to purse my lips or rub them together and I could tell that this gloss was much lighter than the old gloss. My lips moved past each other easily. I didn’t feel any tackiness that I’ve come to expect with most lip glosses.

The packaging has changed as well. The old tube was somewhat frosted which made the color look hazy while the new tube is clear so there’s no doubt about what color you’re purchasing.

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss Packaging Comparison
I’m really not sure which packaging I like the best. What do you think?

A downside to the new formula and packaging is that you’re getting less product. The original formula’s net weight varied between .24oz and .28oz and this new formula is .18oz. If you’re big on these lip glosses you might feel cheated because you losing around 25% of the product but still paying the original price of $26.

I still think the glosses are worth it, especially if you’re looking for something to correspond with a Nars lip product you already have or want to buy. If you go the Nars Cosmetics website and choose a product it will show other products that work well with it. I know there are cheaper dupes for a lot of products, but I’m also a fan of taking the guesswork out of make-up buying. I like having products that I feel were made to work together so I know that I’m going to replace my older Nars Lip Glosses with the new ones to go with lipsticks I already own.

Have you tried a new Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss? How do you think it compares to the old formula?

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss retails for $26 is available at narscosmetics.com, and wherever Nars Cosmetics are sold.

Full Disclosure: Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella was sent to me. I was not obligated to review. All opinions/reviews about the product are my own.  

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Review

One of my new favorite products is the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum.  I snagged it from Sephora as 100 point perk a couple of months ago and have been in love. My little .25oz sample ran out a few days ago so I decided to take the plunge and by one of the fuller sizes. This product comes in a 1oz and 1.7oz size and is $48 and $72 respectively.

I’m sure you are already thinking “Nope” and I don’t blame you. I thought the same thing and was happy to see that Ole Henriksen offered some value sets so I could get a little more bang for my buck. I decided to go with the 3 Little Wonders Mini.

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini
3 Little Wonders Mini. $22.50 and available at Sephora

The 3 Little Wonders Mini consists of:

  • .5oz Truth Serum Collagen Booster
  • .25oz Invigorating Night Gel
  • .25oz Sheer Transformation Crème

What it’s formulated to do:

Embrace Ole’s philosophy for gorgeous, healthy skin with daily exfoliation, hydration, and protection. These three multitaskers work in synergy to brighten, resurface, and hydrate using the most potent antiaging powerhouses—vitamin C, essential fatty acids, and alpha hydroxy acids—the three pillar ingredients of Ole’s skincare. Ole expertly balances potent actives with nurturing and soothing botanicals to achieve maximum results and give you more youthful skin. These 3 Little Wonders feature indulgent textures and aromas to make treating your skin a daily pleasure.(Sephora) 

The Truth Serum  and Night Gel are for day and night, respectively while the Sheer Transformation  Creme can be used day /or night.
The Truth Serum and Invigorating Night Gel are for day and night, respectively. The Sheer Transformation
Creme can be used day /or night.

My take:

I reviewed the Truth Serum in April and like I said I love it. The Invigorating Night Gel and the Transformation Crème that come in this set are just as good. I chose this particular set because of the price, $22.50, and because I wanted to try something to replace the night cream I had been using.

My current night cream really wasn’t working for me. I’d put it on after washing and wake up pretty greasy. It was annoying and gross so I thought I needed to try something else. I use the Invigorating Night Gel and Transformation Crème together and I’ve found that I go to bed matte and wake up matte. This is a major plus since it seems my oily skin stays in overdrive.

The Invigorating Night Gel is a clear gel with little to no smell and the Transformation Crème is a lotion. Both come in a jar and you don’t need much to cover your face and neck. A dime to nickel size amount has been enough for me.

The Invigorating Night Gel “supports cell turnover, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smooths skin texture” while the Sheer Transformation Crème helps “fade dark spots, even skintone, and prevent premature signs of aging while botanical fruit acids gently exfoliate and retexturize”. Together they’re an anti-aging combo that’s making me feel better about my skincare regimen. The Night Gel is to be used at night(obviously) and the Sheer Transformation Crème can be used at day /or night. However, the Sheer Transformation Crème doesn’t have SPF. :-(

3 Little Wonders
3 Little Wonders

These are good products for the price. I know everyone doesn’t want to shell out $70 for one product. To be honest, I really don’t either. That’s why I gravitated toward a set with a few products rather than buying just one.

So have you tried the 3 Little Wonders? Let me know in the comments.

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders retails for $22.50 and is available at Sephora.

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